Andrea Dovizioso put in a great race today at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar to finish in second place in the opening round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.
The Ducati Team rider led for several laps but had to settle for the runner-up slot, less than half-a-second behind winner Viñales, with whom he had a terrific battle throughout the second part of the race.
Today’s result was the third consecutive second place in Qatar for the Italian rider since 2015.
Jorge Lorenzo’s debut race for Ducati proved to be a tough one.
The rider from Mallorca started well from row 4, but on the opening lap he went wide at Turn 5 and dropped to sixteenth.
Jorge then began a recovery through the field, lapping at the same times as the leading group which took him to ninth position by the mid-point. Six laps from the end however Lorenzo had to slow his pace and he finished the race in eleventh place.