The season opener Qatar GP proved to be exciting for all the right reasons. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won the race from a second row start, with reigning champion Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda giving him a fight for most of the race, losing out on the final corner, where in typical Marquez fashion he went wide on a make or break attempt to grab the lead. Dovizioso closed the race just thousandths of a second ahead of Marquez.

Thanks to today’s win Dovizioso has overtaken Loris Capirossi in the list of most victorious Ducati riders in MotoGP with eight wins to his name, and is now in second place in this particular ranking behind Casey Stoner.

Off the start line, Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa were in second and third, respectively, behind Johann Zarco.

Andrea Dovizioso Qatar GP Podium

Post race Dovizioso said, “I’m really happy with this win because we have confirmed the improvements made over the winter and I was able to manage the race well, even though I made a really bad start. On the first lap I had to come off the gas, otherwise I would have crashed into Rins I think, but then I began to make up places, trying not to ruin the tyres.. Towards the end, after passing Zarco, I tried to pull out a gap on Marquez and Rossi but I didn’t have any more grip and was unable to increase my lead. At the last curve I had to be very careful because I knew that Marquez would try and pass me, and that’s how it went. He closed the door on me even more than in Austria and Japan, but I passed him on the inside of the kerb and then took advantage of the power of my Desmosedici to stay ahead. Once again it was a great satisfaction!”

On his part Marquez added, “What a race! I’m really happy with our second place finish because this is one of the tracks on the calendar where we struggle most. After the pre-season test we knew what we could expect. With the hard front tyre I was struggling a bit in the left corners but with the medium I wouldn’t have finished the race. I tried to pass Dovi in the last corner but he beat me. Honestly, I was expecting that, but I had to try the move anyway, to see if there was any way we could make it happen. In the end, Dovi had something more than me and he deserves this win. Even if he was a bit behind at the start, I was waiting for him­­­–I was waiting for the red! I knew his tactic was to push at the end and when he passed Zarco I said to myself, ‘let’s go!’ I followed him and almost went wide, but it was a great race and a great show. The thing I’m most happy about is that, this time, we were able to stay with him on the straight and this is very good.”

2018 MotoGP Riders

Bike NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
93Marc MarquezRepsol Honda321298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati220261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha195208
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha193230
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar14959
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3149174
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda148112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac144124
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar13370
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda106210
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto10575
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac9182
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS50 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia4462
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech340 
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3555
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM3029
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda23 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1564
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto1032
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
6Stefan BradlLCR Honda3
30Nakasuga KatsuyukiLCR Honda2
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia1 
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda427508
Movistar Yamaha388438
Ducati363398
Suzuki Ecstar282130
Alma Pramac235188
Monster Yamaha Tech3189258
LCR Honda174112
Angel Nieto102107
Red Bull KTM6584
Aprilia5967
EG 0,0 Marc VDS50117
Reale Avintia3673

 

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