Dovizioso holds off Marquez to win gripping Austrian MotoGP

MotoGP 2017 Andrea Dovizioso Beats Honda's Marc Marquez To Win Hard Fought Austrian GP

MotoGP 2017 Andrea Dovizioso Beats Honda's Marc Marquez To Win Hard Fought Austrian GP

Marquez converted his pole position into a lead at the start, but the reigning champion had no answer to the straightline speed of Jorge Lorenzo's Ducati.

Three-time world champion Marquez's Honda team-mate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa came third.

The pair emerged as the leading contenders for victory after a frantic start to the Austrian Grand Prix, with Dovizioso ultimately prevailing by 0.176 seconds despite a desperate last-corner lunge from Marquez.

Chasing his fourth career championship, Marquez leads the standings and is 16 points clear of Dovizioso with seven races left.

MotoGP 2017 Austrian GP
MotoGP 2017 Austrian GP

Marquez, holding a 14-point lead over Maverick Vinales as he eyes a fourth title in five years, was 0.144secs faster than pre-race favourite Dovizioso, and Lorenzo was 0.386secs off the pace. The next race is the British GP at Silverstone on August 27.

It was Ducati's second straight victory on the Red Bull Ring since the Austrian GP returned to the calendar past year.

Marquez got close to Andrea Iannone's outright lap record with a 1'23.235 but bailed out of his final lap as he saw Dovizioso was in attendance, trying to get a tow around the Red Bull Ring.

Andrea Iannone's number one Ecstar Suzuki blew up in free practice four so he rode his second GSX-RR to tenth place with Karel Abraham, again firmly in the Caravan Club early doors behind Rossi, but bagging a 1'24.220 on his own to claim 11th with Loris Baz 12th.

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