Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso won the season-opening Qatar MotoGP for the second year running on Sunday, holding off a desperate challenge from world champion Marc Marquez to take first place.

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Mission Winnow Ducati’s Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso poses on the podium with his first place trophy in the Qatar MotoGP grand prix at the Losail track in Qatar’s capital Doha on March 10, 2019. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

The two riders swapped positions on the final lap but it was Dovizioso, who led for much of the race on his Ducati, who secured victory by just 0.023 of a second over his Honda rival, and ensure a repeat of last year’s top two in Doha.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, on another Honda, also made the podium, finishing third.

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