Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez put on a show to remember at the Red Bull Ring for the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. It went right down to the wire, but it was Lorenzo who came out on top, taking his third win of the season.  

Marquez who had the initial advantage as he put the hammer down early and left Lorenzo and Dovizioso trailing by half a second, and then a second, leaving the Ducati duo fighting between themselves. But slowly but surely, Lorenzo began to reel Marquez in. With 11 laps to go, there was barely anything in it.

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Passing the reigning Champion into Turn 1, Lorenzo took over at the front as teammate Dovizioso ran wide and dropped off the lead duo. But it didn’t stay that way for long as the two ex-teammates dueled it out.

With just 3 laps to go Lorenzo went wide at Turn 3 and Marquez passed through, but the Ducati struck back – passing the Honda at Turn 9. On the penultimate lap Marquez again attacked at Turn 3, but it was Lorenzo over the line first and into the final lap.

Locked together in battle, Marquez once again made his move at Turn 3, but this time Lorenzo held his line and was able to regain the ground immediately on the exit. Pushing hard, Marquez looked threatening throughout the rest of the final lap, but the Lorenzo wasn’t letting him through – taking a well-deserved third win of the season.

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Behind Lorenzo and Marquez, Dovizoso took third place, Cal Crutchlow put in an impressive performance to take fourth and Danilo Petrucci came in firth.

Valentino Rossi put in a stunning ride through the field moving through from fourteenth on the grid to fight off Dani Pedrosa a battle for sixth. Behind them, Alex Rins took eighth, Johann Zarco took ninth, with Alvaro Bautista in tenth and Tito Rabat just behind him.

Maverick Viñales came in twelfth, Andrea Iannone thirteenth, Bradley Smith fourteenth, with Takaaki Nakagami and Hafizh Syahrin behind.

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Next up on the MotoGP calendar is Silverstone. We can’t wait!

Ross Mowbray

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