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Update: Veteran Rossi wins first '15 MotoGP

2015-03-29 21:06

ALL ITALIAN QATAR PODIUM: Yamaha's Valentino Rossi (centre) celebrates with Andrea Iannone (right) and Andrea Dovizioso after winning the 2015 Qatar MotoGP on March 29. Image: AFP / Karim Jaafar


  • Yamaha wins duel with Ducati
  • Win 109th for veteran of all classes
  • All-Italian podium at Qatar

LOSAIL, Qatar - MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win the 2015 season-opener here for Yamaha on Sunday with Italian riders taking all the podium places after a thrilling duel under floodlights.

Andrea Dovizioso, who started on pole while Rossi was only eighth, took second place only 0.174sec behind for Ducati. Team mate Andrea Iannone was third. 

Honda's two-times champion Marc Marquez was fifth after being forced out at the first corner and fighting back through the field from stone last.


Rossi’s win, at the grand old age – for motorcycling - of 36, was the 109th of the Yamaha rider’s GP career and 83rd in the top category of motorcycling. He’s also been MotoGP champion nine times.

He said after the race: "I’ve said this lot of times but for me this is one of the best."

It was a humdinger of a race during which the lead constantly changed, the outcome uncertain right to the final bend.

Dovizioso led from the start but Rossi's Spanish team mate and twice MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo hit the front on Lap 2 as the race turned into a Yamaha v. Ducati battle with the Honda riders eclipsed.

Rossi seemed content to hang back in fourth but moved up to third at half-way then used all his experience to attack, taking the lead for the first time with four laps left.


Yamaha team principal Lin Jarvis told BT Sport television: "That's Valentino Rossi at his best. A sensational comeback from eighth at the beginning... he did incredibly well."

Ducati has not won in MotoGP since 2010 but is in the 'open' category which confers certain advantages – among them tyres and fuel until the team starts to make regular appearances on the podium.

It looked like the team’s long wait was coming to an end, with Dovizioso right on Lorenzo's tail and then chasing Rossi all the way, but it was not to be.

Dovizioso said: "On the last lap I pushed really hard but I didn't have any more grip on the edge and it was impossible to try to attack Valentino. Anyway, second in the first race is really good."


Marquez, winner in Qatar in 2014, was forced wide into the first corner and despite a thrilling comeback through the field could not get past fifth.

The Spaniard could at least hold his head high after overtaking Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa for fifth with 11 laps remaining.

Result from the 2015 Motorcycling Grand Prix of Qatar
1 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 42min35.717
2 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42min35.891
3 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 42min37.967
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 42min38.424
5 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 42min42.753
6 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 42min46.472
7 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 42min48.101
8 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 42min48.631
9 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42min48.748
10 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 42min53.152
11 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki 42min55.618
12 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati 43min00.149
13 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 43min07.749
14 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 43min09.180
15 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 43min09.342

Points after the Motorcycling Grand Prix of Qatar
1 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 25
2 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 20
3 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 16
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 13
5 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 11
6 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 10
7 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda - 9
8 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 8
9 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 7
10 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati - 6
11 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki - 5
12 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati - 4
13 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 3
14 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki - 2
15 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati - 1


Qatar Moto2 result
1 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 40min18.532
2 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex 40min23.583
3 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Kalex 40min30.655
4 Alex Rins (Spain) Kalex 40min30.734
5 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 40min32.917
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 40min32.945
7 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 40min33.003
8 Johann Zarco (France) Kalex 40min37.073
9 Louis Rossi (France) Tech 3 40min39.446
10 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Italy) Kalex 40min39.868
11 Alex Marquez (Spain) Kalex 40min40.379
12 Hafizh Syahrin (Malaysia) Kalex 40min41.758
13 Julian Simon (Spain) Speed up 40min44.105
14 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 40min48.316
15 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Kalex 40min48.799

Qatar Moto2 points standings
1 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex - 25
2 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex - 20
3 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Kalex - 16
4 Alex Rins (Spain) Kalex - 13
5 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex - 11
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 10
7 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex - 9
8 Johann Zarco (France) Kalex - 8
9 Louis Rossi (France) Tech 3 - 7
10 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Italy) Kalex - 6
11 Alex Marquez (Spain) Kalex - 5
12 Hafizh Syahrin (Malaysia) Kalex - 4
13 Julian Simon (Spain) Speed up - 3
14 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex - 2
15 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Kalex - 1

Qatar Moto3 result
1 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 38min25.424
2 Enea Bastianini (Italy) Honda 38min25.451
3 Danny Kent (Britain) Honda 38min25.566
4 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 38min25.712
5 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 38min26.117
6 Isaac Vinales (Spain) Husqvarna 38min26.189
7 Fabio Quartararo (France) Honda 38min26.196
8 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda 38min26.197
9 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) Mahindra 38min26.333
10 Brad Binder (South Africa) KTM 38min26.741
11 Andrea Locatelli (Italy) Honda 38min26.970
12 Jorge Navarro (Spain) Honda 38min27.032
13 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM 38min27.293
14 Philipp OEttl (Germany) KTM 38min27.928
15 Jorge Martin (Spain) Mahindra 38min30.543

Qatar Moto3 points standings
1 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 25
2 Enea Bastianini (Italy) Honda - 20
3 Danny Kent (Britain) Honda - 16
4 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 13
5 John McPhee (Britain) Honda - 11
6 Isaac Vinales (Spain) Husqvarna - 10
7 Fabio Quartararo (France) Honda - 9
8 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda - 8
9 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) Mahindra - 7
10 Brad Binder (South Africa) KTM - 6
11 Andrea Locatelli (Italy) Honda - 5
12 Jorge Navarro (Spain) Honda - 4
13 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM - 3
14 Philipp OEttl (Germany) KTM - 2
15 Jorge Martin (Spain) Mahindra - 1

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