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Dovizioso win in Austria boosts Ducati challenge

Dovizioso win in Austria boosts Ducati challenge

In what turned out to be a nail-biter of a race at the Spielberg circuit in Austria, the MotoGP race saw Andrea Dovizioso pip current championship leader Marc Marquez to an exciting win.

Marquez started the race on pole with the other Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo initiating the challenge, moving ahead of the pack on the very first lap. The advantage seems to be linked to the astute choice of soft tyres for the rear by the Ducati team, unlike the hard tyres used by Repsol Honda.

After a series of laps with Lorenzo out ahead and the two Hondas of Marquez and Dani Pedrosa generally ahead of a battle for fourth that was taking place between Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, Rossi managed a major error, losing race line and generally dropping back. At the time he looked like a real contender for the podium, but it was the time for Dovizioso to move ahead. Two tough laps and some clever riding saw him leading ahead of Marquez, with another error from Lorenzo taking him back to fourth.

From that point, it was anyone's guess how the race would end. Marquez tried everything, including swerving into very close quarters with Dovizioso in the closing laps.

The last corner of the last lap saw Marquez come ahead of the Italian for an instant, but he was off line and had to brake, allowing the Ducati through and across the finish line.

Post race, Dovizioso admitted to a good team effort over the weekend and a tough race, saying that he was aware of the Marquez challenge at the final corner and let him do the errors.

Dani Pedrosa joined the podium, with Lorenzo coming in fourth. It wasn't such a good day for the Yamahas coming in 6th and 7th, with Viñales leading Rossi. They are still 3rd and 4th in the rankings with 150 and 141 points although Marquez currently still leads with 174 followed by Dovizioso at 158.

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