Andrea Dovizioso wins Austrian MotoGP
Race winner Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati Team during the award ceremony for the MotoGP of Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on Aug. 11, 2019. EPA-EFE/Gerhard Schiel
France MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo of Petronas Yamaha SRT in action during the warm-up before the MotoGP of Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Aug. 11, 2019. EPA-EFE/DOMINIK ANGERER
Spanish MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda Team in action during the warm-up before the MotoGP of Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Aug. 11, 2019. EPA-EFE/DOMINIK ANGERER
Spielberg, Austria, Aug 11 (efe-epa).- Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso denied Marc Márquez a victory at the Austrian Moto Grand Prix on Sunday.
Frenchman Fabio Quartararo came third, which enabled him to climb two spots in the overall classification to seventh place.
Marquez headed to the last lap while leading the race, but as he tried to secure the win, his opponent took him by surprise in the last turn of the final circuit.
The Spaniard tried to extend the domination he has displayed over the weekend, from the beginning of the race.
But he found himself once more face to face with Dovizioso after both staged a one-on-one competition through several turns.
During the first lap, Quartararo managed to take an advantage of a few metres and Dovizioso came second, while the Repsol Honda rider, who tried to avoid mistakes, was nipping at the heels of Ducati Desmosedici’s Jack Miller of Australia.
At this early stage, the race lost two riders as Briton Cal Crutchlow hit the ground and Spaniard Pol Espargaró due to technical issues.
During the fourth lap, Marquez overtook Miller to position himself behind Dovizioso, who was closing the gap with Quartararo.
In the fifth lap, Dovizioso posted a new lap record to take the lead.
It was in the following lap when Marquez decided to surpass Quartararo to chase Dovizioso.
Then, Marquez went after Dovizioso’s position in the eighth lap and he overtook him after a back and forth.
Marquez seemed on his way to his first win at the Red Bull Ring, but with 19 laps to go the race was far from finished, especially because Dovizioso did not throw in the towel.
The Spaniard fended off several attempts by Dovizioso, who intensified his efforts during the final three laps.
Dovizioso managed to turn the tables in a nail-biting final lap. EFE-EPA