Sete stuck to Rossi's rear wheel and pulled alongside on the high-speed approach to the Honda hairpin - both then hit the brakes as hard as they dared, with Rossi's rear wheel skipping across the asphalt, forcing him to run slightly wide.
That allowed Gibernau to dive back into the lead, before Rossi pulled off a breathtaking inside move as they accelerated up and over Lukey Heights, putting the Italian ahead with just the fast left handers to go. Rossi held on to win by just 0.097secs at the line.
“Sete made a fabulous fight of it and the last lap was fantastic and I forget how many times we overtook each other. It was a lot of fun for everybody watching,” said Rossi. "Today was a fantastic finish to a fantastic championship.”
Ten-seconds from victory, Loris Capirossi took Ducati Marlboro's first podium finish of the season after winning a tense fight with Colin Edwards, Alex Barros, Nicky Hayden, Max Biaggi and Makoto Tamada.
8. 2009 German Grand Prix - Sachsenring (800cc):
Valentino Rossi wins by 0.099sec over Jorge Lorenzo.
After stunting Jorge Lorenzo's momentum with a last turn victory pass at Catalunya (see above), Valentino Rossi claimed another close victory over the Spaniard three rounds later in Germany.
However this time Rossi was on the defensive in the closing stages, successfully containing a charging Lorenzo.
Rossi had led the field into turn one and remained at the head of a four-man group, consisting of the top four riders in the championship, until being overtaken by Ducati's Casey Stoner.
Rossi returned to the front just after mid-race distance, but now faced pressure from Lorenzo, who took the lead with five laps to go. Rossi waited until the penultimate lap to respond, diving under his fellow Fiat Yamaha rider into turn one.
The Italian then took a tight line into that same corner at the start of the last lap, denying Lorenzo of a chance to re-pass, and perfectly balanced defence and speed to claim victory by a whisker.
“This was a great race because all four leading riders in the championship were fighting very closely,” said Rossi. “It came down to another incredible battle with Lorenzo and I really had to be on top form, especially because he passed me when I wasn't expecting it. Luckily I was able to take him back and then I rode a perfect final lap with no mistakes.”
Lorenzo, who was nursing shoulder and foot injuries from the previous Laguna Seca round, said: “Passing Valentino was very difficult because he braked hard and late every time. I hoped to overtake him and then try to pull away. Of course I'm disappointed to lose another very close race.”