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Moto GP: Valentino Rossi seeks to hold off Jorge Lorenzo in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo bring their two-man battle for the MotoGP title to Malaysia's tricky track this weekend for the penultimate race in a season streaking toward a nail-biting finish.

Valentino Rossi (right) and teammate Jorge Lorenzo share a light moment during a press conference yesterday. Pic/AFP
Valentino Rossi (right) and teammate Jorge Lorenzo share a light moment during a press conference yesterday. Pic/AFP

The contest between the Yamaha teammates tightened at last weekend's spectacular Australian Grand Prix, where Lorenzo shaved Rossi's season points lead down to just 11.

Rossi, 36, is a legend in the sport who has won seven world championships in the premier class over the course of his glittering career, but the Italian hasn't taken home the crown since 2009.

"There are only two races for the championship left and it will be important not to make any mistakes," said Rossi, whose slip to a fourth-place finish at Phillip Island opened a crack for Lorenzo.

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