Andrea Dovizoso mantained the Ducati supremacy at the Austrian venue after a breathtaking duel with Marc Marquez. Dani Pedrosa was third.
Jorge Lorenzo started like a rocket and settled in 1st place soon after Turn 1. Marquez was 2nd with Dovi in 3rd and Vinales in 4th, while Rossi and Pedrosa were the best starters and followed in 5th and 6th.
Valentino Rossi overtook Dovizioso and got right behind Marquez, but his countrymen fought back before he could try anything on the Spaniard. Vinales went wide and was overtaken by both Pedrosa and Zarco.
In spite of having pulled a gap of more than 1 second at the lead, Lorenzo s pace soon dropped and he was caught by Marquez, Dovizioso and Rossi.
Marquez and Dovizioso made the move on Lorenzo, but Rossi was overtaken by both Zarco and Pedrosa. After another mistake which caused him to go wide, he fell in 7th, behind teammate Vinales.
Marquez and Dovizioso escaped at the front as Pedrosa was making his way up in 3rd through Zarco and Lorenzo. Taking advantage of the successive overtakes between Dovi and Marc, Pedrosa got near them, but he was not able to get in the fight and his rhytm soon dropped.
Dovizioso took the lead from Marquez with few laps to go and entered the last lap with a minor advantage over the championship leader. Marquez seemed to be happy with 2nd as the difference increased to few tenths, but going into the last sector the Spaniard was again whispering in the neck of the Ducati rider.
Marquez played his chance in the very last turn and went past Dovizioso, but he could not held the inside. Thus, Andrea Dovizioso got his 3rd win of the current season. The Repsol Honda riders completed the podium, while Lorenzo and Zarco offered solid performances and locked out the top 5. It was another disaster for the Yamaha Movistar duo, as they could not manage better than 6th and 7th, with Vinales ahead of Rossi. Another blow for their championship, which seems to fade away. Alvaro Bautista was 8th, while Loris Baz kept the good form shown throughout the week-end and finished 9th. The top 10 was completed by KTM wildcard Mika Kallio, who, at the end of the day, except for Brad Binder in Moto2, was the only one to keep the flag flying high for the Austrian manufacturer on home court. Other riders to clinch points were Andrea Iannone, Scott Redding, Aleix Espargaro, Karel Abraham and Cal Crutchlow. Jack Miller was the only one to crash in this race – rider OK – while Danilo Petrucci, Pol Espargaro and Jonas Folger retired due to technical issues.
In the general standings, Marc Marquez remains 1st, now with 174 points. Andrea Dovizioso goes up in second, 16 points behind, while Maverick Vinales falls in 3rd, 24 points behind the leader. Rossi and Pedrosa remain 4th and 5th, 33 and respectively 35 points behind Marquez.
photo credit – Ducati Press