MotoGP Red Bull Ring: Dovizioso the successor in a phenomenal showdown

Andrea Dovizioso has taken victory in round 11 of the MotoGP world championship at the Red Bull Ring, surviving a last corner barrage from Marc Marquez.

Dovizioso spent most of his race at the head of the field engaging in multiple battles, including one for the history books with Marquez on the final lap of 28.

After an aggressive start, Jorge Lorenzo got a perfect exit out of turn one challenging pole sitter Marquez for the lead up at turn two.

The factory Ducati rider crossed the line at the end of lap one in the lead, while next door at Pramac Racing, Danilo Petrucci lost a raft of positions after he pulled a massive wheelie as the lights went out.

Petrucci’s race would go from bad to worse, retiring on lap six with an oil pressure problem.

Another retirement would go the way of Pol Espargaro, the Spaniard suffering from a rear brake failure, the result of contact at turn one on the opening lap.

The first couple of laps were dominated by Lorenzo, but an incredible squabble for the top seven positions annihilated any chance for the #99 to streak away.

Initially Marquez sat in a Ducati sandwich in second position, with Andrea Dovizioso behind in third, and Lorenzo out front in first.

The top three traded positions completely on the back straight going three wide under braking for turn four, Marquez assuming the lead as Lorenzo slipped back to third.

Dani Pedrosa had the best seat in the house to watch the battle for the lead after he charged his way through to fourth position, the #26 continued his strong form snatching third from Lorenzo a few laps later.

With 10 laps remaining, the battle was on. Marquez versus Dovizioso. Honda versus Ducati. Spaniard versus Italian.

The pair duelled furiously trading positions, paint, and even leather.

Marquez gave everything he had and more, even an extraordinary last corner effort was not going to deter Andrea Dovizioso.

Dovizioso crossed the line just 0.176 ahead of Marquez claiming victory for Ducati.

Pedrosa made it a Honda 2-3 with his podium finish while Lorenzo held onto fourth position.

Johann Zarco took fifth place with the two Yamaha’s of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi finishing in sixth and seventh respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 was Alvaro Bautista, Loriz Baz and a surprise result for the KTM wildcard of Mika Kallio.

The MotoGP circus now heads to Great Britain for round 12 at the classic Silverstone Circuit from the 25 – 27 of August.

 

 

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