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MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso beats Marc Marquez to win season opener in Qatar

Andrea Dovizioso (centre) finished second to Marc Marquez (left) in last year's championships



Italy's Andrea Dovizioso said he had the "perfect race" after beating reigning champion Marc Marquez to win the season opening MotoGP in Qatar.

Honda's Spanish rider Marquez finished 0.027 seconds behind Ducati's Dovizioso, who had started in eighth.

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Australian Grand Prix 2018: Halos, Vegemite & F1's season return

Ready to go for five? Who will become the joint second most successful F1 driver of all time?



Melbourne is the sporting capital of the world... say the people of Melbourne, at least.

The award-winning city has everything a sports enthusiast could want; a bit of Grand Slam tennis here, a Boxing Day Ashes Test there.

Read more: Australian Grand Prix 2018: Halos, Vegemite & F1's season return

Valentino Rossi signs two-year Yamaha contract extension

Valentino Rossi, a nine-time world champion, suffered a double leg fracture in September



Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Yamaha.

The Italian, 39, has been with Yamaha for 13 seasons but his contract had been set to expire at the end of 2018.

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Ferrari: FIA deputy race director joins in technical role

Laurent Mekies has previously held roles with Toro Rosso and Minardi



Ferrari have signed a senior figure from Formula 1's governing body the FIA to take on a key role in their technical department.

Safety delegate and deputy race director Laurent Mekies will cease his F1 duties immediately, leave the FIA at the end of June and join Ferrari on 20 September.

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Fernando Alonso considered quitting F1 at end of season

Alonso finished 15th last season with just 17 points



Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has said he considered quitting Formula 1 at the end of last season.

In the wake of three years of poor results with struggling McLaren, the Spaniard pondered switching full-time to IndyCar or endurance racing.

Read more: Fernando Alonso considered quitting F1 at end of season


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