Dovizioso beats Marquez in sensational duel


Marquez and Dovizioso have been in a league of their very own within the 28-lap occasion, however their battle featured a number of twists and turns earlier than a forceful transfer down the within of the Flip 10 right-hander determined it in Dovizioso’s favour.

It means the Purple Bull Ring stays the one observe on the MotoGP calendar the place Marquez has but to win, additionally preserving Ducati’s good document in Austria intact. 

Reigning champion Marquez, on pole by greater than 4 tenths, maintained the lead off the road into Flip 1, however Dovizioso obtained shut sufficient to duck into his slipstream exiting the nook, thus organising a problem into Flip three.

Marquez braked late on the within to cowl off his Ducati rival, working large and compromising them each, as Fabio Quartararo, Jack Miller and Alex Rins went previous each of them.

As Petronas Yamaha rider Quartataro ended the opening lap with a lead of eight tenths, Dovizioso picked off Marquez for fourth, and the pair then made gentle work of Rins’ Suzuki and Miller’s Pramac Ducati forward.

They reeled in Quartararo by the tip of the fifth lap, with Dovizioso easing previous the French rookie on the primary straight and Marquez’s Honda then overpowering the Yamaha on the run right down to Flip four.

Dovizioso saved Marquez at bay till the beginning of the ninth lap, however by chopping throughout from the surface line into Flip 1 the championship chief managed a greater exit onto the straight, and eventually powered previous the Ducati man.

But Dovizioso saved his composure and stayed proper in Marquez’s wheeltracks for the subsequent few laps, because the pair pulled away from Quartararo and the remainder of the chasing pack

They have been already three.5s away from Quartararo by the tip of lap 19, when Dovizioso slipstreamed previous Marquez on the start-finish straight.

Likewise, he couldn’t break free, and Marquez gave him no respiratory room earlier than making his personal transfer with lower than three laps to go.

The Spaniard launched his Honda down the within of Dovizioso on the Flip 7 right-hander, and whereas Dovizioso then stayed alongside at Flip eight and held the within line into Flip 9, he ran out large and surrendered the place to Marquez.

He then tried to overhaul Marquez down the within of the Flip 1 right-hander, however Marquez lower in from the surface to maintain place via a greater launch out of the nook – one thing he did once more subsequent time by, on the ultimate lap.

Nonetheless, Dovizioso saved him in his sights via the twisty center portion of the observe and lunged at Flip 10, leaving Marquez no room to chop again and taking the win by zero.213s.

Practically six seconds adrift, rookie Quartararo bagged his third MotoGP podium in what was largely a lonely race for the Frenchman.

His Yamaha works counterpart Valentino Rossi charged from 10th on the grid to fourth early on, and would hold the spot till the chequered flag, as his teammate Maverick Vinales held off Rins by zero.021s to take fifth place.

Pramac Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia transformed fifth place on the grid right into a career-best seventh place on the end, beating Tech three KTM rider Miguel Oliveira by two tenths.

KTM’s hopes for its dwelling race suffered an enormous blow when Pol Espargaro’s bike all of the sudden misplaced energy exiting Flip three on the second lap, forcing him into an early retirement and making a bottleneck that led to LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow crashing out behind him,

However rookie Oliveira picked up the slack, taking an excellent eighth place forward of Dovizioso’s Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci and the fourth Yamaha of Petronas rider Franco Morbidelli.

Takaaki Nakagami ran eighth early on, however finally may do no higher than 11th on the second LCR bike.

Three extra riders apart from Espargaro and Crutchlow failed to complete, as Hafizh Syahrin crashed his Tech three KTM on the third lap, Miller fell out of podium rivalry at Flip 9 5 laps after that, and Avintia Ducati’s Tito Rabat dropped out in the direction of the tip whereas working within the factors.

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