Alvaro Bautista took win number six of the season today in a shortened 125cc Malaysian Grand Prix, keeping alive the possibility of him raising the world title in Australia next weekend.
Creating a gap on both occasions between himself and second placed Mika Kallio, he extended his lead in the championship to 74 points over the KTM rider.
The race was cut to a 12 lap affair after a restart, caused when Mattia Pasini highsided on lap 2 and the unfortunate Andrea Iannone smashed into his prone bike in the middle of the track.
Hector Faubel came in third after a back and forth battle with Julian Simon. On the home straight some aggressive riding from the Master MVA Aspar rider took him past his countryman and he crossed the chequered flag first.
Joan Olive took fifth, ahead of Sergio Gadea and Pasini, who dropped down the order late on. Gabor Talmacsi and Derbi Racing's Lukas Pesek and Nico Terol completed the top ten.
125cc top ten – Malaysian Grand Prix:
1. Bautista (Aprilia)
2. Kallio (KTM) +3.577secs
3. Faubel (Aprilia) +9.904secs
4. Simon (KTM) +9.974secs
5. Olive (Aprilia) +11.551secs
6. Gadea (Aprilia) +11.588secs
7. Pasini (Aprilia) +13.157secs
8. Talmacsi (Honda) +13.198secs
9. Pesek (Derbi) +13.934secs
10. Terol (Derbi) +15.004secs