Alex Criville of Spain leads during the early stages of yesterday's Malaysian Grand Prix. The race was won by Kenny Roberts jnr, bringing Suzuki their first victory since Daryl Beattie beat his fellow Australian, Michael Doohan, in the 1995 German Grand Prix. It was a quick return on Suzuki's investment in Roberts to break Honda's stranglehold. They had won 42 of the previous 44 races. Roberts led from the second of 21 laps and finished well ahead of Spain's Carlos Checa, on a Yamaha. Doohan was fourth on his Honda as he began his push for a sixth successive crown.
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Digest, page 9; photograph: AP