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Angry Andrea takes win and raps Marquez


Andrea Dovizioso emerged triumphant from an enthralling battle with Marc Marquez to win the Austrian MotoGP on Sunday.

The pair's duel went right down to the wire in Spielberg, with reigning champion Marquez making a spectacular lunge on the final corner that momentarily took him ahead before Italy's Dovizioso (Ducati) sealed the victory. That led to an angry after-race gesture by Dovizioso towards his rival.

Marquez's fellow Spaniard and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished third. It was a third win of the season for Dovizioso, who is up a place to second in the overall standings, 16 points behind leader Marquez.

There are seven rounds of this season's championship to go, with the next at Silverstone in a fortnight's time.

"To win in the last corner is always different and especially with Marc, because he is really good in the battle," Dovizioso said.

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

"I did this (gestured) instinctively, because that is not a corner to try to overtake a rider."

Race Result: 1 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 39mins 43.323secs, 2 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 39:43.499, 3 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 39:43.499, 4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 39:49.986, 5 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 39:50.585, 6 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 39:50.770, 7 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 39:50.770, 8 Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Ducati 39:57.838, 9 Loris Baz (Fra) Ducati 40:02.943, 10 Mika Kallio (Fin) Kalex 40:03.089

Leading World Standings: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 174pts, 2 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 158, 3 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 150, 4 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 141 5 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 139, 6 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 99, 7 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 79, 8 Jonas Folger (Ger) Yamaha 77, 9 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda 76, 10 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 75

Belfast Telegraph