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Nic Ladds 15th Apr 2009 - 19:03

Rossi settles for 2nd in rain-soaked opening MotoGP weekend

Pre-race favourite Casey Stoner completed a third consecutive win at the Losail International Circuit, Qatar on Monday as the scheduled Sunday race had to be abandoned after a total wash-out.

Following the Ducati riding Australian - priced at 4/7 for the victory - over the line in second place was defending World Champion Valentino Rossi, followed by Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo in third giving each-way backers something to smile about. (see the BBC video below)

The Aussie held his nerve over the final stages of the Monday evening event to keep eight-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, who was second favourite in the betting at 9/4 - at bay and in doing so notched up his own 17th career victory.

25/1 shot Loris Capirossi for Suzuki, slipped off the asphalt in a spectacular shower of sparks before the end of the race while, British Yamaha outsider James Toseland did manage to complete the race, but 16th position means no points for the young pianist from Doncaster, and no returns for those of you who may have backed the Brit at 125/1.

It wasn't all bad news for The Yamaha Tech 3 Team though as the 40/1 shot - Colin Edwards managed a brilliant fourth place in Qatar, giving the team something to smile about

So now all eyes' now focus on Japan as the riders take to the Motegi Circuit for the second race of the season as Stoner & Rossi battle it out for this year's Championship.

As always, William Hill will have a variety of betting markets with all the latest prices covering the upcoming event so make sure you place your bets and watch the action live, covered by the BBC.

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