howing the smooth, steady progress that is his trademark—seventh after one lap, sixth after four, fourth after eight, third after 11, second after 12, back to third for two laps, up to second on lap 15, and finally into the lead on lap 18 of 22—Andrea Dovizioso shrugged off three second-place finishes in as many years at the Losail International Circuit on Sunday to give Ducati its first victory under the floodlights at the Qatari racetrack since Casey Stoner won the MotoGP season-opener way back in 2009. With three laps remaining, Dovizioso, Marc Márquez, and Valentino Rossi pulled away from Cal Crutchlow, pole-sitter Johann Zarco (credited with leading 17 laps), Danilo Petrucci, Dani Pedrosa, and slow-starting but fast-closing Maverick Viñales. The 39-year-old Rossi was unable to match the two-tenths-quicker pace of Dovizioso and Márquez, who took the race all the way to the final turn. Márquez dove under Dovizioso, but, like last season in Austria and Japan, the Italian won the sprint to the line. Margin of victory was 0.027 second.