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Rossi reigns supreme at Indianapolis

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  • Valentino Rossi wins MotoGP at Indianapolis from Nicky Hayden
  • Gusting winds and rain cause race to be red flagged with eight laps to go
  • Rossi extends championship lead to 87 points over Casey Stoner
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(CNN) -- Valentino Rossi all but secured his sixth MotoGP world title by defying appalling conditions to claim the U.S. round of the championship at Indianapolis.

Rossi toasts his record breaking 69th MotoGP victory as he closes on the title.

MotoGP was coming to the 'Brickyard' for the first time and organizers were blighted by the tailend of Hurricane Ike which saw the race halted with eight of 28 laps remaining.

Italy's Rossi was leading by just under six seconds from 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden of the United States, who lives nearby and showed a welcome return to form on his Honda.

Rossi's teammate Jorge Lorenzo of Spain finished third with reigning world champion Casey Stoner of Australia a distant fourth.

Stoner now trails Rossi by only 87 points with only four rounds of this year's championship remaining.

Barring mishaps, Rossi, who was winning a record 69th MotoGP, will regain his title but said he had scarcely endured worst conditions throughout his career.

"It was a new track with a new surface and a lot of water, but the biggest problem was the wind," he said.

"It was not constant and was very strong so you never knew what was happening with the bike.

It was a good decision to call it off because it was very dangerous," added Rossi.

Hayden had surprised polesitter Rossi by taking the lead early in the race, but the Italian recovered from third place to fight his way to the front in typical style on his Fiat Yamaha and was well in control when it was called off as debris littered the track and safety barriers became unfastened.

It was his seventh win of the season and fourth in a row.

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