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Dovizioso outduels Marquez in Austria

Almost side-by-side over the line
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Some races immediately enter the history books as the flag falls. The 2017 Austrian GP proves one such example, as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) staged a showcase of the best of the sport, right down to the wire. Almost side-by-side over the line, it was ‘DesmoDovi’ who took his third win of the year – with Marquez just keeping it on track for second in signature style.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) completed the podium, coming back from a Q1 hurdle on Saturday to make big points gains in the standings.

Polesitter Marquez took the holeshot, before a stunning move from Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) saw him cut inside second-placed Dovizioso and then take Marquez on the exit - an incredible second ahead over the line at the end of Lap 1. Marquez slotted into second as Dovizioso threatened, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) a big mover - into fourth past teammate Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

There was early heartbreak for Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who was forced to retire as his rear brake was damaged in an early incident – before Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was then also forced in. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), who suffered a big wheelie off the line, was next to enter pitlane after a warning light on the dash.

Marquez leads from pole
Marquez leads from pole

Back in the battle, Vinales had run wide into Turn 1 to lose some ground and come back on track from the run off, with Lorenzo at the head of the race then being reeled in by Marquez. Soon, Marquez was the man to misjudge an apex - Turn 3 - with Dovizioso quickly pouncing to take over in second.

Meanwhile, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had moved up to tag onto the front four, with Pedrosa the next man to join the party – making a train of five behind Lorenzo in the lead. Marquez then struck back against Dovizioso, with 18 laps to go and everything still in the air.

Some stunning action then shook up the lead as Lorenzo headed deep, Marquez cut inside – and Dovizioso then blasted past both as the three machines were almost neck-and-neck. But Marquez struck back, before an almost replica replay of the earlier trio saw Zarco run deep, Rossi pounce – and Pedrosa take both. Then it was Rossi’s time to run wide – off at Turn 1 and dropping back into seventh as he made his way back on track.

At the front, Marquez and Dovizioso had begun to pull away, and everything settled into what felt increasingly like the calm before the storm - and was proved exactly that.

Swapping places whilst keeping the pace searing, the two men fought it out until the end. Dovizioso, ahead as they crossed the line for the final lap, kept everything inch perfect as he waited for the move he knew would come. Marquez, for his part, couldn’t make a much-used Turn 7 move this time around, and the corners were counting down.

Almost a flash of unified colour around the penultimate corner, breath was held as the moment arrived – and so did Marquez. Lunging for the inside on the final corner and then sliding out just wide, the reigning Champion was spectacular – but it wasn’t quite enough, with his Italian rival cutting back inside to cross the line for his third win of the year.

Pedrosa completed the podium after some solid pace, taking Lorenzo and at one point in striking distance of the lead. The number 26 also moved to within only two points of Rossi in the standings. Zarco took fifth after holding off Vinales and coming home top Yamaha, with Rossi crossing the line in P7.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) had a stunning Sunday comeback to take eighth, able to pull clear of another impressive performance from Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) in ninth after the Frenchman also made it through directly into Q2.

Marquez leads Dovizioso
Marquez leads Dovizioso

Despite early heartbreak for Pol Espargaro, there remained something impressive to cheer for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at their first home GP – with wildcard test rider Mika Kallio riding a superb race into tenth. The second consecutive top ten finish for the Austrian marque, the Finn was also only a tenth off Baz in ninth.

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was P11, ahead of Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) in P14. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completed the points scorers after a tough race.

After the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Marquez remains ahead on the road to Silverstone, but it's now Dovizioso hot on his tail - 16 points adrift. Vinales, after Austria, moves out the top two in the Championship for the first time this season - and Pedrosa is now within two points of Rossi. The British GP will not disappoint.

Marc Marquez 2ND 

“I wouldn’t have slept well tonight if I didn’t try to go for the win in the last corner! But it wasn’t possible. Today Dovi had just a little bit more than us and it was difficult to overtake him. I tried my best all race, really gave it my all, and I lost the rear many times. It was a great battle, and Dovi deserved this victory as he rode very well. We got this second place and it’s good. I’m very happy with these 20 points at this track where I had struggled a lot last year. It’s an important result for the Championship. We’re working well; step-by-step, we found a good base that allowed us to be there, and to be consistent in every situation. Today I was able to try that move at the end because I was feeling good with the bike. It will be important to continue like this and to try and be on the podium at every race.”

Race Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA25Ducati TeamDucati39'43.323
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPA20Repsol Honda TeamHonda0.176
3PEDROSA Dani26SPA16Repsol Honda TeamHonda2.661
4LORENZO Jorge99SPA13Ducati TeamDucati6.663
5ZARCO Johann5FRA11Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha7.262
6VINALES Maverick25SPA10Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha7.447
7ROSSI Valentino46ITA9Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha8.995
8BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA8Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati14.515
9BAZ Loris76FRA7Reale Avintia RacingDucati19.620
10KALLIO Mika36FIN6Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM19.766
11IANNONE Andrea29ITA5Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki20.101
12REDDING Scott45GBR4Octo Pramac RacingDucati25.523
13ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA3Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia26.700
14ABRAHAM Karel17CZE2Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati27.321
15CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR1LCR HondaHonda28.096
16RINS Alex42SPA0Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki32.912
17BARBERA Hector8SPA0Reale Avintia RacingDucati34.112
18SMITH Bradley38GBR0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM36.423
19RABAT Tito53SPA0Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda42.404
20LOWES Sam22GBR0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia52.492
21MILLER Jack43AUS0Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda9 laps
22PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA0Octo Pramac RacingDucati22 laps
23FOLGER Jonas94GER0Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha25 laps
24ESPARGARO Pol44SPA0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM26 laps



Rider Standings

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA174Repsol Honda TeamHonda
2DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA158Ducati TeamDucati
3VINALES Maverick25SPA150Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
4ROSSI Valentino46ITA141Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
5PEDROSA Dani26SPA139Repsol Honda TeamHonda
6ZARCO Johann5FRA99Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
7LORENZO Jorge99SPA79Ducati TeamDucati
8FOLGER Jonas94GER77Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
9CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR76LCR HondaHonda
10PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA75Octo Pramac RacingDucati
11BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA52Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
12ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA43Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
13MILLER Jack43AUS43Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
14BAZ Loris76FRA38Reale Avintia RacingDucati
15REDDING Scott45GBR37Octo Pramac RacingDucati
16IANNONE Andrea29ITA33Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
17ABRAHAM Karel17CZE25Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
18RABAT Tito53SPA23Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
19BARBERA Hector8SPA21Reale Avintia RacingDucati
20ESPARGARO Pol44SPA21Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
21RINS Alex42SPA12Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
22SMITH Bradley38GBR8Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
23PIRRO Michele51ITA7Ducati Test TeamDucati
24KALLIO Mika36FIN6Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
25LOWES Sam22GBR2Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
26GUINTOLI Sylvain50FRA1Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki

 

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