After a trilling battle with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez that went down to the final corner. Andrea Dovizioso won the 2017 Austria Grand Prix, scoring his and Ducati’s third win of the season. The pair of Marquez and Andrea emerged as the class of the field and had a major battle for the lead of the race. Dovizioso prevailed by 0.176s despite a last-corner lunge by his rival Marquez. Marquez had the lead of the race at the start. But he had no answer for the straight line speed of Jorge Lorenzo’s Ducati. Lorenzo was running the soft rear tyres and Marquez ran the Hard rear tyres, which contributed to Jorge excellent start. Jorge cleared Dovizioso at turn 1 and the passed Marquez on the next straight, to assume control of the race.
Marquez fought of Dovizioso over the opening lap. Lorenzo escaped to created a gap of a second, but he was soon reeled in by Marc Marquez.On the eighth lap, Marquez was close enough to look at retaking the lead, but as he ran wide in behind Lorenzo into Turn 3, Dovizioso passed Marquez regulating him to 3rd place. For Marquez this was only a minor setback, as Marquez was soon back into second and all over Lorenzo, forcing the Spaniard to go wide at the same corner.Dovizioso joined in on the fun and made it three-wide for the lead on the following straight and was even ahead at Turn 4, but ran wide, giving first place back to Marquez.
Lorenzo’s pace began to fade from that point onward, yet Dovizioso managed to stick within a couple of tenths of Marquez and coasted past again when the reigning champion erred at Turn 3 on lap 18 of 28.Marquez retook the spot shortly thereafter at Turn 7, but again couldn’t shake Dovizioso – who slip streamed past on the main straight with seven laps to go.On that lap, they traded places multiple times several to be exact
, Marquez not managing to make a move stick and easing the pressure on the Ducati for a few laps afterwards.
With Dovizioso repeatedly blocking off Marquez’s favored overtaking spot – Turn 7 – in the final minutes, their battle came down to the very last corner of the last lap.Marquez lunged down the inside of the Italian, with both forced wide but Dovizioso getting a better exit to hang on to victory.The podium was completed by Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, who had fought his way through the pack, picking off the Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco in one move and then finding his way past Lorenzo.
The Marquez–Dovizioso duel allowed Pedrosa to close right up to the pair, but he was unable to keep their pace and finished 2.485 seconds off.Lorenzo held on to fourth from Tech 3’s Zarco and the Yamaha works pair of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, who both had costly off-track excursions at Turn 1.
Alvaro Bautista was a lonely eighth for Aspar Ducati, with Avintia Ducati’s Loris Baz ninth.KTM wildcard Mika Kallio was a standout performer, beating Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone to 10th and very nearly passing Baz as well.The other KTMs did not pick up any points, with Pol Espargaro ruled out early after a start line collision with Hector Barbera’s Avintia Ducati.Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Tech 3 Yamaha’s Jonas Folger were also among the retirements, calling it a day in the pits, while Marc VDS Honda’s Jack Miller crashed out at Turn 9.
|Ret||43||Jack Miller||Honda||9 laps|
|Ret||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati||22 laps|
|Ret||94||Jonas Folger||Yamaha||25 laps|
|Ret||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM||26 laps|