SPIELBERG, Austria — Andrea Dovizioso won his third MotoGP World Championship race after the year Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, spending the second half of the race dueling with Marc Marquez before edging the three-time champion in a photo finish.
Marquez maintained his lead from pole position off the line, but lost it through turn two to Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo who had already picked off his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, for second at turn one.
Lorenzo soon built up a small lead while Marquez defended from Dovizioso. It did not last and soon he had Marquez all over him.
Marquez tried to take the lead after eight laps, but made a mistake under braking at turn three and ran wide losing second to Dovizioso. It stayed that way for two laps until Dovizioso ran wide and Marquez went through.
Lorenzo made a mistake two laps later at turn at three which put Marquez all over him. Dovizioso joined in and made it a three-wide battle for the lead with the Italian leading into turn four before running wide and letting Marquez into the lead.
Dovizioso clung onto to Marquez and move passed when he made a mistake at turn three. Marquez took the lead back a couple of laps later with a move up the inside of turn seven., but Dovizioso hung onto to him and slipstreamed passed him on lap seven.
The pair then battled around the Red Bull Ring for the remainder of the lap. Marquez tried to take Dovizioso at turn three, but ran wide on exit and tried to go around the outside of turn four. He then went up the inside at turn seven, but Dovizioso out dragged the Honda on the way into turn eight.
The two stayed this way for the remaining laps as Dovizioso continued to block off turn seven to stop Marquez from getting by. Marquez stayed close behind the Ducati approaching the final corners of the race.
On the final lap, he appeared to try and go around the outside of turn nine only to cut back on the exit and make a lunge at the final corner. It forced both of them wide, but Dovizioso was able to cut back inside and cross the line in first place.
Dovizioso, now in second place in the championship, said after the race, “We controlled the race, me and Marc, for the tires, but is the worst thing you can have – Marc in the last lap behind.”
“I hear in the last corner, he opened [the throttle] earlier than me so I knew he wanted to try [and pass at] the last corner, and I didn’t brake, I gave the possibility the overtake me.
“But I was good to stop the bike, and I was a little bit faster [exiting the corner].”
Dani Pedrosa completed the podium after recovering from eight. He found past both Johann Zarco and Valentino Rossi on lap 13 and then got by Lorenzo for third on lap 18 as the Ducati began to lose pace.
He was catching up to the leading group of Dovizioso and Marquez as the pair battled, but did not have the pace to ultimately challenge for the win.
It was a poor showing from the factory Yamaha team as their bikes suffered from rear tire drop off. Their riders only scoring a sixth and seventh place after an uneventful race for them.
Maverick Viñales ran wide on lap four at turn one and fell to seventh. Rossi did the same on lap 14 and fell to seventh behind his teammate. Neither could make an impression on the field for the rest of the race.
Finishing ahead of them in fifth was Zarco on the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha who passed Rossi on track before the Italian ran wide.
Álvaro Bautista was eight for Avintia Ducati with his teammate Loris Baz behind him in ninth.
Mika Kallio had an outstanding performance finishing tenth on his KTM at their home race finishing ahead of Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone.
Next was Scott Redding, Aleix Espagaro, Karel Abraham, and Cal Crutchlow rounding off the points.
Pol Espagaro, Jonas Folger, and Danilo Petrucci all retired in the pits while Jack Miller crashed out at turn nine.
MotoGP will be back in action at Silverstone on August 25-27.
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