Dovizioso wins an exciting race at Qatar MotoGP at the opening of the season after another clash with Marquez, decided in favor of the Italian at the very last bend, like last year!
Crutchlow finished on a tight podium in his first race since the serious ankle injuries last October, while only 0.6 s covered the top five riders, from Dovizioso to Rossi, starting 13th.
Miller's seat foam was detached early in the race and he had to throw it out of the bike before retiring.
Rookie Quartararo was devastated on the grid, forcing him to leave the pit lane instead of fifth place, but made a strong comeback.
Smith made his racing debut at Aprilia as a joker.
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- Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP19) 42m 36.902s
- Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 42m 36.925s
- Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 42m 37.222s
- Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 37.359s
- Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Monster (YZR-M1) 42m 37.502s
- Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP19) 42m 39.222s
- Maverick Viñales ESP Yamaha Monster (YZR-M1) 42m 39.383s
- Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) * 42m 41.990s
- Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 42m 44.308s
- Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Gresini Factory (RS-GP) 42m 46.538s
- Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT (YZR-M1) 42m 46.549s
- Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 42m 49.676s
- Jorge Lorenzo ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 42m 51.209s
- Andrea Iannone ITA Aprilia Gresini Factory (RS-GP) 42m 51.251s
- Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 42m 51.995s
- Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT (YZR-M1) * 42m 52.807s
- Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) * 42m 53.279s
- Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia (Desmosedici GP18) 42m 59.874s
- Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (Desmosedici GP18) 42m 59.941s
- Hafizh Syahrin WRONG Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) 43m 20.144s
Bradley Smith GBR Aprilia Gresini Factory (RS-GP) DNF
Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (Desmosedici GP19) DNF
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (Desmosedici GP18) * DNF