MotoGP 2015: Championship standings after Qatar

Rossi on top and Ducati second and third after 2015 opener

VALENTINO Rossi tops the MotoGP 2015 championship standings after winning an intense battle with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

The Ducati team made a strong start to the season, with Dovizioso in second place and his team-mate Andrea Iannone third. 

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez has 11 points after finishing in fifth place behind Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. 

Britain's Cal Crutchlow is currently seventh for the CWM LCR Honda team, while fellow Brit Bradley Smith is eighth.

The second round of the 2015 season will take place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 12. 

1.Valentino RossiYamaha25
2.Andrea DoviziosoDucati20
3.Andrea IannoneDucati16
4.Jorge LorenzoYamaha13
5.Marc MarquezHonda11
6.Dani PedrosaHonda10
7.Cal CrutchlowHonda9
8.Bradley SmithYamaha8
9.Pol EspargaroYamaha7
10.Yonny HernandezDucati6
11.Aleix EspargaroSuzuki5
12.Danilo PetrucciDucati4
13.Scott ReddingHonda3
14.Maverick VinalesSuzuki 2
15.Hector Barbera