Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso has taken his third win of the season after beating Marc Marquez in a thrilling duel at the Austrian MotoGP.

Having passed Dovi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo on lap 12 of 28, the pair were rarely separated by more than a few bikelengths.

It wasn't a 'game of chess', waiting until the end, either - the pair exchanged the lead five times on a single lap!

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That briefly allowed Dani Pedrosa to reach the lead battle, but the #26 couldn't keep pace.

A Turn 1 mistake by Marquez threatened to hand Dovizioso victory with three laps to go, but the Repsol Honda star (using the medium-hard tyre combination) reeled the Desmosedici (med-soft) back in to set-up a Hollywood ending.

Marquez lurked on Dovizioso's rear wheel for most of the last lap, an inquisitive move at the penultimate corner being followed by an 'on-the-limit' attack at the final turn. Dovizioso saw it coming and cut back inside the sliding RCV on the exit, casually waving his hand as he rode to what was surely the best victory of his career.

Dovi's celebrations were in stark contrast to the misery of a narrow defeat to team-mate Andrea Iannone one year ago.

Pedrosa completed the podium, four seconds ahead of Lorenzo. The #99 chose the same tyres as Dovizioso, and looked back to his best when holding the lead, but still needs to work on maintaining his pace.

Dovizioso and Lorenzo were both using the new Ducati fairing, which reduces some of their top speed advantage, but aids acceleration and braking.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Johann Zarco was the top M1 rider, in fifth place on the soft-soft tyres. The Frenchman got the better of factory stars Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, who mirrored Lorenzo's loss of speed after the opening ten laps.

Dovi has now passed Vinales for second in the world championship, 16 points from Marquez. Vinales is 24 from Marquez, with Rossi 33 points behind.

Aspar Ducati's Alvaro Bautista was eighth, while Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati) and KTM wild-card Mika Kallio had a day to remember by filling the rest of the top ten.

Regular KTM rider Pol Espargaro's race ended when he clipped another rider at the start and suffered lever damage. Zarco's team-mate Jonas Folger and Pramac's Danilo Petrucci also made an early exit due to technical problems.

Marc VDS Honda's Jack Miller was the only faller...




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I don't know whether those winglets propelled the Ducati to the victory but I do know Dovi surely has got the job done !

great result for the ducati team,lorenzo joining this season seems to have given them a better direction and made dovi raise his game he looks now a real contender also lorenzo seems to be learning from dovi although he still seems to struggle to conserve his rear tyre unlike dovi,lorenzo himself said that he would have to learn to use the back brake to help the tyres,a bit too complicated for me to understand,but great to see a typical lorenzo flying start and good first half of the race.

That was one of the better races in some time.  Dovi's banner year continues with another win against the best guy in MotoGP.  AD04 showed his chops against MM93 for sure.

If there is a MotoGP cicuit in heaven, my guess is it looks a lot like the Redbull Ring.

A failed torpedo attack ,......

A failed torpedo attack .......

Desmo Dovi the courageous gentleman of Motogp...

Dovi has always had fight in him so why are some posters surprised ?

Dovi took on and won when the mighty Honda corporation tried to sack him. Since then he always fought with and beat his team mates in the points table whoever he rides for. His fights with Cal on the Tech3 were legendary.

Imagine how fast MM would be on that Ducati.

I doubt DV will be fighting with MM at Silverstone. 

Nice to see Dovizioso helping Gigi Blackadder's cunning plan come to fruition. Thought he would have to ration the fuel like Lorenzo did, but different strategies were at play apparently. Still think the new fairing looks as aerodynamic as a brick.