Dovizioso edges Marquez to win season-opening Qatar MotoGP

Nail-biting final lap ends in joy for Ducati.

10 March 2019 - 20:05 By
Andrea Dovizioso wins in Qatar for Ducati
Andrea Dovizioso wins in Qatar for Ducati
Image: Ducati

Italy's Andrea Dovizioso won the season-opening Qatar MotoGP for the second year running on Sunday, holding off a desperate challenge from world champion Marc Marquez to take first place.

The two riders swapped positions on the final lap but it was Dovizioso, who led for much of the race on his Ducati, who secured victory by just 0.023 of a second over his Honda rival, and ensure a repeat of last year's top two in Doha.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow, on another Honda, also made the podium, finishing third.