Talmacsi was quickly up front and pulling away hand-over-fist from the opposition, while pole sitter Faubel was left to try and limit the damage within a hectic eight-rider fight for second position.

The Hungarian Aspar Aprilia rider went on to win by 6.753secs after backing off in the closing stages, while team-mate Faubel was fourth with two laps to go. The Spaniard managed to overhaul Joan Olive on the final lap, but KTM's Tommy Koyama remained out of reach.

Race results - Sepang:

1. Talmacsi (Aprilia)
2. Koyama (KTM) +6.753secs
3. Faubel (Aprilia) +7.793secs
4. Olive (Aprilia) +8.180secs
5. Gadea (Aprilia) +8.947secs
6. Pesek (Derbi) +9.935secs
7. Corsi (Aprilia) +10.132secs
8. Pasini (Aprilia) +10.335secs
9. Smith (Honda) +23.426secs
10. Masbou (Honda) +24.808secs

22. Webb (Honda) +1min 8.541secs