Austria is ‘Lorenzo’s Land’ after he took the Ducati to their 3rd consecutive top step finish at the Austrian circuit in a row, beating his teammate to be, Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez started the race from pole position but decided to run the hard rear tyre whilst his main rivals Andrea Dovizioso ran the medium, Jorge the soft.
The lights went out in Austria and it was Andrea Dovizioso who took the early lead with Marquez slotting into 2nd place and Crutchlow pipping Lorenzo briefly at turn one. Marquez was quick to make his move passing Dovizioso into turn 3 forcing the pair to slow up drastically allowing the Mallorcan rider through and into the lead.
Once Marquez hit the front a few laps later, the Honda rider used up his hard tyre to the best of his ability to build a lead just under 1 second, but soon enough the Ducati pair would start giving the ‘baby ant’ some trouble.
Lorenzo first made his move into the penultimate corner forcing Marquez to replicate his 2017 move on Dovizioso but missed out on the lead as Lorenzo snuck back passed as the trio headed towards the tight right-hander to start the lap. Andrea Dovizioso was also late on the brakes, narrowly missing the back of the RC213V forcing the Italian to run off the track.
Whilst this was going on Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi was up to 6th place whilst his teammate was stuck down in 12th position where the pair eventually ended the race.
Back at the front, Jorge Lorenzo made a mistake at turn 3 allowing Marquez passed but was quick to repass his fellow Spaniard into turn 9, nearly forcing the Honda off the track.
As the laps chipped away Dovizioso made another mistake making the gap from Marquez to himself 1.8s forcing him to settle down for 3rd.
The final lap of the race saw Marquez launch yet another attack on Lorenzo into turn 3, but the 5x world champion rode around the outside of the 25-year-old.
Lorenzo eventually held on to take the victory, his 3rd of the season and Ducati’s 3rd at Austria after Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso took the wins in 2016 and 2017.
Andrea Dovizioso came home in a lonely 3rd ahead of Cal Crutchlow who was ecstatic with a top 4 finish at a track he hates.
Danilo Petrucci put a 3rd Ducati inside the top 5 after beating Valentino Rossi to 5th place with Pedrosa coming home in 7th.
After a promising start, Alex Rins dropped down to 8th place ahead of Johann Zarco on the Tech 3.
Another promising result from Alvaro Bautista and Tito Rabat as the Ducati pair crossed the line in 10th and 11th ahead of Maverick Vinales, who will be left even more frustrated with Yamaha after their public apology to Rossi and Vinales last night.
After running off the circuit in the early stages of the race, Andrea Iannone came home in 13th with Bradley Smith bringing KTM 2 points home at their home circuit with the 2nd LCR Honda of Takaaki Nakagami coming home in 15th.
With now a 2 week break till the British Grand Prix, Marc Marquez will be looking to extend his championship lead even further over Rossi who will now be looking behind him after Lorenzo moved his Ducati passed his teammate in the championship.
Last season saw Valentino Rossi lead the majority of the race before getting passed by Vinales and Dovizioso.
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