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Movistar Yamaha Valentino Rossi opened the 2015 MotoGP season with a stunning victory under the floodlights in Qatar.
Rossi went from 8th on the grid to battling it out with the Factory Ducati of Dovizioso at the front over the course of the 22 lap race, before claiming his 83rd career MotoGP™ in an enthralling finish, winning by just 0.174s.
“In the last three seasons I always rode solid races and arrived on the podium but to come back with a victory is another thing. I am so happy because we suffered a lot during the practices and also the tests, but we worked very well for the 22 laps race and I was very strong. First of all you have to be lucky, but especially the work that we do with the team during the weekend makes the difference for my pace in the race. It was definitely one of the best races of my career, considering where we were yesterday. I really have to thank all my team, my engineers and all at Yamaha because I think today we did something amazing.”
3 years ago