Dovizioso beats Marquez to win Austrian GP
Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso held off a late challenge by defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez to win the Austrian GP yesterday. It was the Italian’s third win of the season after his back-to-back victories in Italy and Catalonia in June. Dovizioso briefly lost the lead on the final lap but accelerated to overtake Marquez again before the final stretch and win the race by 0.176 seconds. Marquez’ Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa finished 2.661 seconds back in third. Chasing his fourth career championship, Marquez leads the standings and is 16 points clear of Dovizioso with seven races left. Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales, who won the first two events of the season and came sixth in yesterday’s race, is eight points further back in third. The next race is the British GP at Silverstone on Aug. 27. Marquez started from pole position for the fifth time this season but was overtaken by Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo in the first lap.