Dovizioso, right, steadily reeled in his compatriot Rossi. AFP / MOHD RASFAN
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Andrea Dovizioso won his first MotoGP race in seven years Sunday, pulling away from legend Valentino Rossi late in the Malaysia Grand Prix to take the checkered flag for Ducati.But Dovizioso steadily reeled in his compatriot Rossi, taking the lead back with six laps to go and quickly opening up a gap as Rossi was slowed by tire issues.Dovizioso, 30, finished 3.115 seconds ahead of Rossi for his maiden win of the season and his first win since 2009 .Rossi, however, clinched second place in the 2016 world championship over his Yamaha teammate and rival Jorge Lorenzo of Spain.Dovizioso pounced, overtaking Rossi and quickly stretching a sizable lead as legend Rossi slowed when the tires his team chose began to prove unsuitable on the increasingly dry track.
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