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Maverick Vinales wins Grand Prix of Qatar - MotoGP


  • Report by BBC Sports

Vinales, moved to Yamaha this season, and has been impressive over the winter and started from pole position teaming up with Valentino Rossi.Also Read
After slipping back early, the 22-year-old took the lead with seven laps left.
Dovizioso did briefly go ahead after that but Vinales overhauled him with two laps to go and went on to seal his second MotoGP career victory.
Dovizioso held off Rossi for second but the 38-year-old nine-time world champion was thrilled with his performance after he started from 10th.
Valentino Rossi's Yamaha team-mate Maverick win in Qatar

Current world champion Marc Marquez finished fourth.
The race was delayed for 45 minutes after heavy rain fell in Doha shortly before the scheduled start.
The weather had also forced the cancellation of Saturday's qualifying with starting grid positions based instead on combined practice times.
"It feels great. The track was so difficult but the bike was great," said Vinales afterwards
In the earlier Moto3 race, Scotland's John McPhee made his way through the field to claim an impressive second place behind Spain's Joan Mir on his debut.
"First lap I was taking a lot of care, then when the people started to push I said 'OK, now is the time to push' and I started to come back little by little - I didn't want to destroy the tyre - Maverick Vinale afterwards"
The riders now head to Argentina for the next race on 9 April.

  • Qatar MotoGP results:
  • 1. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Yamaha 38:59.999
  • 2. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 39:00.460
  • 3. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 39:01.927
  • 4. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 39:06.744
  • 5. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 39:07.127
  • 6. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 39:07.660
  • 7. Scott Redding (Britain) Ducati 39:09.781
  • 8. Jack Miller (Australia) Honda 39:14.485
  • 9. Alex Rins (Spain) Suzuki 39:14.787
  • 10. Jonas Folger (Germany) Yamaha 39:15.068
  • 11. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Ducati 39:20.515
  • 12. Loris Baz (France) Ducati 39:21.254
  • 13. Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 39:28.827
  • 14. Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati 39:29.122
  • 15. Tito Rabat (Spain) Honda 39:29.469

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