Qatar : Gauloises Yamaha - Race source: moto.racing-live.com
ust six days after lifting the MotoGP title with Valentino Rossi in Malaysia, the Gauloises Yamaha Team were celebrating again today as Valentino Rossi's record-breaking tenth victory of the season secured the Teams' World Championship at the Qatar Grand Prix.
Rossi became the first Yamaha rider ever to take his win total for a single season into double figures after an exhilarating last-lap battle with Marco Melandri (Honda), whilst his team-mate Colin Edwards boosted the team's points tally to unbeatable status with a determined ride to fourth place.
Rossi's 79th victory of his career came after 22 dramatic laps of the Losail International Circuit, with Loris Capirossi (Ducati) taking an early lead from pole position before Sete Gibernau (Honda) took over. The Spaniard had built up a solid advantage by the halfway stage but he was eventually reeled in by the chasing pack and made a critical error with five laps remaining, running into the gravel when trying to repel an attack from Melandri.
With Nicky Hayden (Honda) in close attendance, Rossi closed in on Melandri and the two Italians went head to head in a gripping finale, Rossi taking the lead with three laps remaining and holding off one last attempt from Melandri just two corners from the end to secure victory.
With the riders' and teams' titles now in the bag, Yamaha needs to be just 50 points clear after Phillip Island to clinch the Manufactures' Championship.