Dovizioso holds off Marquez to win gripping Austrian MotoGP

Championship leader Marc Marquez claims third straight pole in Austria
Marquez claims pole ahead of Ducati duo in Austria

13 August, 2017

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso held off a late attack from Honda's Marc Marquez on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix to claim his third win of the 2017 MotoGP season.

Marquez arrived in Salzburg having won back-to-back races either side of the summer break with victories in Germany and the Czech Republic, and he looked in ominous form after taking pole position on Saturday in his attempt to score a first hat-trick of the season.

"To win in the last corner is always different and special with Marc, because he is really good in the battle", said a reflective Dovizioso.

Speaking post-race, Dovizioso said he could tell Marquez was planning to make an eleventh-hour lunge as he heard the reigning champion get on the throttle sooner out of Turn 8.

"I tried to manage well but on the last laps I was struggling a lot, especially on the edge part, just leaning the bike a little bit and losing the rear".

"I did this [gesture] instinctively, because that is not a corner to try to overtake a rider".

With Dovizioso repeatedly blocking off Marquez's favoured overtaking spot - Turn 7 - in the final minutes, their battle came down to the very last corner of the last lap.

"The last lap was very hard for me, because I lose a lot in the two left corners, and it was easy for him to overtake me", he said.

"[In the] last corner I was still on the limit, but this MotoGP, this is the show".

Marquez retook the spot shortly thereafter at Turn 7, but again couldn't shake Dovizioso - who slipstreamed past on the main straight with seven laps to go.

"I hear in the last corner, he opened [the throttle] earlier than me so I knew he wanted to try [and pass at] the last corner, and I didn't brake, I gave the possibility the overtake me".

Marquez recovered to finish second ahead of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, with Lorenzo coming home in fourth after fading from the battle at the front early on.

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