In a replica of last year’s Qatar race, Dovizioso had to fend off a last-corner lunge from man Marquez for success, having been at the mind of a multi-rider package for much of the distance.

LCR rider Cal Crutchlow made it two s on the podium, overcoming Suzuki rider Alex Rins for third, while recovered from 14th on the grid to complete the top .

Rossi’s polesitting Yamaha team mate Vinales could manage only seventh, behind the 2nd mill Ducati of all Danilo Petrucci.

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