Malaysian MotoGP winner Andrea Dovizioso says his Sepang victory was harder than it looked, but Cal Crutchlow felt the Ducati rider's advantage was clear.

Crutchlow followed Dovizioso's factory Desmosedici for most of the opening half of the wet race, until he fell on lap 12 of 19. Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone also tumbled at around the same time, while Dovi went on to overtake race leader Valentino Rossi and win by 3.115s.

"Dovi rode fantastic to win, and be another different winner of a grand prix this year. I knew he'd be the guy to beat, because he was cruising!" said the LCR Honda rider.

"Honestly, I could see that he was taking no risks in the corners. No risks to turn the bike. Nothing. And his speed in the straight was just ridiculous! They seem to have a really good electronic system and a fast bike and it works in these conditions."

Crutchlow, winner at Brno and Phillip Island, was team-mate to Dovizioso in 2014. Prior to Sepang, the Italian hadn't won a MotoGP race since 2009.



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