Dovizioso wins Austrian MotoGP thriller
SA’s Brad Binder is victorious for KTM in Moto2 on his 24th birthday
Andrea Dovizioso surged past MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez at the last corner to win a thrilling Austrian Grand Prix for Ducati on Sunday and trim the Spaniard's runaway lead to 58 points.
The pair were in a private duel at Spielberg's Red Bull Ring, with the Italian making a seemingly decisive move with nine of the 28 laps to go after running wheel-to-wheel with his Honda rival.
Spaniard Marquez, starting from a record 59th MotoGP pole, then went back in front with three laps remaining but Dovizioso muscled through at the last corner of the final lap and powered through to the line.
French rider Fabio Quartararo, who led the first four laps, was third for the Petronas Yamaha team.
Marquez now has 230 points to Dovizioso's 172 after 11 of 19 races.
Austria remains a race Marquez has yet to win in motorcycling's premier class but Dovizioso said he was as surprised as anyone with the outcome.
"It was the last corner, I had to try," he said amid wild celebrations on the pitwall as he charged across the finish. "I did something crazy and sometimes it works."
Ducati have won every race at the Red Bull Ring since it joined the calendar in 2016, with Dovizioso on the podium in every one and winning in 2017.
Marquez said he had chosen the wrong rear tyre and was sliding a lot on it.
"Anyway, Dovi did an incredible job and we are leading by 58 points so we continue in this way," said the Spaniard.
Italian great Valentino Rossi finished fourth for Yamaha, ahead of Spanish teammate Maverick Vinales in fifth and Suzuki's Alex Rins.
SA’s Brad Binder won the Moto2 race, his first victory of the year on a Red Bull KTM that struggled with performance in the first half of the season. In a frenetic race that saw a number of riders crash out as they challenged Binder for the lead, the South African celebrated his 24th birthday by ending a winless spell stretching back to Australia in October last year.
Binder, the former Moto3 champion, crossed the line with a 0.3 sec advantage over Alex Marquez, who moved on to 181 points at the top of the Moto2 championships standings.
Austrian manufacturer KTM announced it would quit the Moto2 class at the end of this season to concentrate on MotoGP for the next five years. That will suit Binder, who is graduating to the premier category in 2020.
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