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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi wins season opener in Qatar

Italian legend Valentino Rossi won the opening race of the 2015 MotoGP season in a thrilling finish in Qatar.

Yamaha’s Rossi, a seven-time MotoGP champion, claimed his 109th Grand Prix victory after the 36-year-old held off Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Andrea Iannone on the Ducati made it an all-Italian podium, with Spain’s two-time defending champion Marc Marquez back in fifth place.

Britons Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith came seventh and eighth respectively.

Marquez won the opening 10 races in 2014 but made a dreadful start to the new season as he was forced off the track and slipped to the back of the field.

The 22-year-old fought his way back up to fifth but could not challenge Rossi, who began the race eighth on the grid but charged to the front.

Rossi, who won the last of his seven titles in 2009, and compatriot Dovizioso enjoyed a dramatic duel in the closing stages, with the former champion defending a small lead over the final two laps.

“This was one of the best victories for me,” said Rossi. “The bike was fantastic, I never gave up but it was a real fight with the Ducatis and the Hondas who were really strong.

“I’m so happy for me, for the team and for Yamaha. The second part of the race was really good and I’m very happy because we had difficulties in testing and practice but my experience helped today.

“This is a great, great victory but I had a good feeling this morning.”

Qatar MotoGP result:
1. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati
3. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha
5. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda
6. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda
7. Cal Crutchlow (GB) Honda
8. Bradley Smith (GB) Yamaha
9. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha
10. Yonny Hernandez (Col) Ducati
11. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Suzuki
12. Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati
13. Scott Redding (GB) Honda
14. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Suzuki
15. Hector Barbera (Spa) Ducati

Read more at BBC Sport

MotoGP: Yamaha unveils Rossi and Lorenzo’s 2015 YZR-M1

Yamaha has unveiled the 2015 factory YZR-M1 it hopes will help Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo end the recent domination of Honda rival Marc Marquez.

The new YZR-M1 was officially unveiled during Movistar Yamaha’s official team launch in Madrid earlier today.

It is the bike Yamaha is hoping can break the supremacy currently being held by Marquez and Honda. Spanish sensation Marquez won a record-breaking 13 races in 2014 to successfully defend the crown he won in a historic season as a rookie in 2013.

Italian Rossi emerged as the biggest threat to Marquez in a stunning campaign for the nine-times world champion, who claimed 13 podium finishes in 18 races, including two victories in Misano and Phillip Island.

He defeated teammate Lorenzo and Repsol Honda rival Dani Pedrosa in the final standings and is confident on the new 2015 YZR-M1 he will be a serious contender for a 10th world championship title.

Rossi and Lorenzo kick off their 2015 world championship preparations with the first pre-season test of the year getting underway at the Sepang track in Malaysia

Read more at motorcyclenews.com