A wild opening round in Qatar earlier today saw many riders crash out, including Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo who found the gravel on lap 1 (unhurt). A group of riders battled at the front near the end of the race, and it came down to a close contest between defending champ Marc Marquez (Honda) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha). Marquez crossed the line first, followed by Rossi and then Dani Pedrosa (Honda). Open class rider Aleix Espargaro (Yamaha) came home in 4th. Rookie Scott Redding passed Nicky Hayden to win the battle among the Honda Open class riders by finishing 7th (Hayden was 8th).
The Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow finished in 5th and 6th positions, respectively, despite the distinct advantages obtained by Ducati in the last minute rule changes. For additional details, results and points, visit the official MotoGP site.