Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Dovizioso beats Marquez to win Austrian GP

Dovizioso beats Marquez to win Austrian GP

Dovizioso had started second on the grid but dropped to third as his Ducati team-mate and three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo jumped from third to first at the start. This is the Dovizioso's third win of the season, further consolidating his position for the championship title.

The Austrian GP started with Marquez on the pole and the Honda rider seemed determined to keep things that way.

The Spaniard cleared teammate Dovizioso at Turn 1 and passed Marquez on the next straight, assuming control of the race. The former world champion got the definitive lead in the early stages of the race.

Having won the last two Global Positioning System, three-time world champion Marquez has a 14-point lead in the standings over Maverick Vinales, who was fourth on Saturday with his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi seventh.

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Scott Redding was 10th, but will have to take part in the Q1 qualifying session as Dovizioso's fastest lap from FP2 was enough to put him through to Q2 despite finishing FP3 in 16th and the best part of a second off Marquez's time.

As Marquez fended off Dovizioso, Lorenzo extended an early lead of a second, but was soon reeled in by Marquez when the order stabilised.

The fight for the top spot then stayed pretty much between Marquez and Dovizioso with a fantastic duel on display.

Lorenzo faded thereafter, but Dovizioso managed to stick within a couple of tenths of Marquez and coasted past again when the reigning champion erred at Remus on lap 18 of 28. The action, however, continued till the final corner of the race with the Italian taking the win.

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Lorenzo held on to fourth from Tech 3's Zarco and the Yamaha works pair of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, who both had costly off-track excursions at Turn 1.

Alvaro Bautista secured an eighth-placed finish for Aspar Ducati, with Avintia Ducati's Loris Baz ended ninth.

Last year's victor Andrea Iannone will start 10th on the grid after finishing nearly a second off the pace on his Suzuki.

Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci and Tech 3 Yamaha's Jonas Folger were also among the retirements, calling it a day in the pits, while Marc VDS Honda's Jack Miller crashed out at Turn 9.

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