Dovizioso storms to vic­tory in Aus­tria

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SPIEL­BERG: An­drea Dovizioso held off the hard-charg­ing Marc Mar­quez to win a thrilling Aus­trian Mo­toGP Grand Prix for Du­cati yes­ter­day.

World cham­pi­onship leader Mar­quez had started on pole but Ital­ian Dovizioso got the bet­ter of an in­cred­i­ble bat­tle where the lead changed hands sev­eral times, in­clud­ing twice on the fi­nal cor­ner.

Three-time world cham­pion Mar­quez’s Honda team­mate and com­pa­triot Dani Pe­drosa came third.

Dovizioso’s third win of the sea­son moved him up to sec­ond be­hind Mar­quez in the stand­ings, 16 points back, as Spa­niard Mav­er­ick Vi­nales dropped to third af­ter fin­ish­ing only sixth.

That was one place above his Yamaha team­mate and sev­en­time world cham­pion Valentino Rossi of Italy.

Dovizioso, who was sec­ond in Aus­tria to his then team­mate An­drea Ian­none last year, took ad­van­tage of the bat­tle be­tween Mar­quez and Jorge Lorenzo Lorenzo to snatch the lead.

Mar­quez also passed Lorenzo to launch a thrilling bat­tle with Dovizioso.

Mar­quez seemed to have an edge in speed but every time he passed Dovizioso, usu­ally af­ter a dar­ing and al­most reck­less lunge into a turn, his ice-cool ri­val quickly took back the lead. AFP

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