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Rossi ends season with Valencia victory.

Vale then returned to parc ferme to find some of his Repsol team wearing afro wigs (to continue the Austin Powers theme) - and the race winner would soon put on his own wig for the podium celebrations.

Rossi's victory means he has now equalled the all-time record of 22 consecutive podiums in the premier-class, held by Giacomo Agostini; has set a new record points total for a season; has helped Honda equal their most wins in a season (15); has matched Regis Laconi's 2000 record of scoring points in sixteen premier-class GPs in one season (Nakano's hopes of joining him eneded today) - and can also now claim to have won at every circuit on the GP calendar.

Meanwhile, Capirossi had crossed the line 10-seconds after the top two to also end an excellent year as it began for he and Ducati, with a podium. Countryman Biaggi finished an uneventful fourth, ahead of Checa and Barros.

Despite his mid-race pass, Bayliss would end the race just 1.2secs clear of Edwards for seventh, whilst Abe and Tamada completed the top ten. Roberts took top Suzuki honours with 11th, just ahead of the ever determined McWilliams. Hopkins, Kiyonari (in his last MotoGP race) and Haga (on his final ride with Aprilia) completed the points.

Regardless of his fall, Hayden collected top rookie honours for 2003 - by two points over Bayliss - although the American would finish out of the points today, in sixteenth, after his accident.

Finally, Rossi gave no indication of his future in the post race press conference and the wait for official announcements now begins...

Full results to follow...

1. Rossi
2. Gibernau
3. Capirossi
4. Biaggi
5. Checa
6. Barros
7. Bayliss
8. Edwards
9. Abe
10. Tamada
11. Roberts
12. McWilliams
13. Hopkins
14. Kiyonari
15. Haga
16. Hayden
17. Aoki
18. Pitt
19. McCoy
20. de Gea



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The Valencia top three: Rossi (1st), Gibernau (2nd) and Capirossi (3rd).
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