The penultimate MotoGP race of the season and Valentino Rossi already seems to be staking claim to victory, and perhaps the championship too, at Sepang.
Rossi took a record-equalling 58th pole position (equalling Mick Doohan's record) at the Malaysian circuit when he set a time of 2m0.518secs, breaking the Sepang lap-record, which he'd set himself in 2006. This is Rossi's sixth pole of the year.
Rossi's Fiat Yamaha team-mate, Jorge Lorenzo, qualified second, making it the twelfth time this year for an all-Fiat Yamaha front row.
Rossi could very well wrap the championship up this weekend itself. Even if Lorenzo does finish first, Rossi only needs a fourth-place to be champion yet again. Here's to a steamy shindig at Sepang!