Championship leader Marc Marquez claims third straight pole in Austria

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

Ducati rider Dovizioso chalked up his third MotoGP win of the season after staving off Marquez by less than two tenths of a second, the pair having spent nearly the entirety of the race dicing for the lead.

Dovizioso was not happy with how Marquez tried to force his way through on the inside of Turn 10 though as he gestured towards him, with the Spaniard's Honda sliding out of control as he ran wide allowing Dovizioso back through to take the win and add to his earlier successes at Mugello and Barcelona.

Marquez, holding a 14-point lead over Maverick Vinales as he eyes a fourth title in five years, was 0.144secs faster than pre-race favourite Dovizioso, and Lorenzo was 0.386secs off the pace.

Marquez also passed Lorenzo to launch a thrilling battle with Dovizioso.

Marquez attempted to pull a gap but a mistake at the third corner opened the door for Dovizioso to take the lead just over the half-way mark.

The pair traded the lead several times on that lap, with Marquez unable to make a move stick and easing the pressure on the Ducati for a few laps afterwards.

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"But I had a odd feeling in the last corner, I was more angry than happy because he tried to overtake me in that way".

"But I know very well, and everybody know very well Marc, and I manage in the best way the last corner".

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.

"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. Last year we struggled a lot here and this year we were much closer to the Ducatis.

The podium was completed by Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who fought his way through the pack and picked off Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco in one move before finding his way past Lorenzo. The last corner was completely on the limit, but this is MotoGP.

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