Doha, March 11: Andrea Dovizioso's victory at the Qatar Grand Prix will stand after MotoGP stewards rejected an appeal against the use of an aerodynamic device by Ducati.
Dovizioso won a thrilling opening race of the 2019 season in Doha on Sunday (March 10), the Italian beating Marc Marquez by 0.023 seconds at the Losail International Circuit.
The duo had enjoyed a gripping battle over the 22 laps, with Marquez failing to make a final-corner lunge stick as Dovizioso found better traction to get to the finish line first.
Following the conclusion of the race, four teams lodged a complaint with the stewards over a rear-tyre winglet used on Dovizioso's Ducati.
However, the protest was dismissed by the officials, meaning the race result stands.
FIM MotoGP Stewards 📋— MotoGP™ 🇶🇦 (@MotoGP) March 10, 2019
Concerning specifics parts of the Ducati, protests made by multiple Factory teams were rejected by the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel.
The result of the #QatarGP still stands. An appeals process is ongoing.
"Concerning specific parts of the Ducati, protest made by multiple factory teams were rejected by the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel," a statement read on the official MotoGP Twitter account.
"The result of the QatarGP still stands. An appeals process in ongoing."