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Dovizioso takes chequered flag in Qatar!

Dovizioso takes chequered flag in Qatar!

Dovi fends off current World Champion Marquez in last corner fight! Oh MotoGP, how we’ve missed you!

MotoGP is well and truly back and we were blessed with a stunning race to kick things off in Qatar.

The Ducati rider started 5th on the grid and spent the majority of his time chasing the pack until the last 5 laps where he progressed through and the straight line speed of the Ducati helped slingshot the rider in to P1. Although unable to break a gap between reigning World Champion Marquez and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Dovi held the pace through the last few laps in Qatar.

In classic Marquez style, a last corner attack put the spaniard in P1 for a very brief moment but the Ducati rider anticipated the move and took the inside line to accelerate back in to P1 and cross the finish line with just a 0.027 second gap.

On the other side of the Ducati garage, Jorge Lorenzo didn’t make it to the finish line after ditching his GP18 on a slow corner following a brake malfunction.

Elsewhere on the final standings, Cal Crutchlow took 4th place on the LCR Honda and Danilo Petrucci took 5th spot after an impressive performance. Dani Pedrosa rode his 200th GP race and finished 7th ahead of Zarco who’s tyres could give no more.

Final Standings

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 166.7 42’34.654
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.7 +0.027
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 166.7 +0.797
4 13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 166.6 +2.881
5 11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 166.5 +3.821
6 10 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 166.5 +3.888
7 9 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.4 +4.621
8 8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 166.3 +7.112
9 7 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 165.9 +12.957
10 6 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 165.8 +14.594
11 5 53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 165.8 +15.181
12 4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 165.7 +16.274
13 3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 165.5 +19.788
14 2 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 165.4 +20.299
15 1 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 165.2 +23.287
16 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 165.2 +24.189
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 165.2 +24.554
18 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 164.7 +31.704
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 164.5 +34.712
20 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 164.3 +37.641
21 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 163.7 +46.706
Not Classified
44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 165.1 7 Laps
42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 166.2 10 Laps
99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 166.0 10 Laps

Image credit – MotoGP.com

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