|Rossi started his tenth season in style|
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
Fans were treated to a fantastic race which saw more overtakes for the lead than you can count on two hands and some drama to go alongside it. Starting his now tenth season in MotoGP Valentino Rossi took his first opening round win since 2010, Dovizioso was close to securing his second ever MotoGP win and Repsol Honda had a race day to forget. If Qatar is anything to go by we're in for one hell of a season!
Pole position man Andrea Dovizioso secured the hole shot into the first corner closely followed by Yonny Hernandez and Jorge Lorenzo. Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez hoped to make up for his lacklustre (for his standards) start and in turn found himself running wide, resulting in the Spaniard entering the second corner dead last.
It didn't take long for Lorenzo to get his factory Yamaha into second position as Andrea Iannone made a Ducati sandwich, sitting in third position. As the front three began to break away and the battle for first had already begun, Valentino Rossi was sat back in eight position whilst Marquez was barging his way up into 14th.
With the pace to fight for the win Lorenzo was setting fastest laps but struggled to keep hold of the lead with the power of his YZR-M1 not enough to match Dovizioso's on the home straight. With 14 laps to go Rossi made the six-wheeled battle a nine wheeler as he latched onto the back of the leading group with a visibly fast pace.