Dovizioso storms to victory in Austria
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