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Andrea Dovizioso did everything right at the Red Bull Ring.Ducati Team

Some races immediately enter the history books as the flag falls. The 2017 Austrian GP proves one such example, as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) staged a showcase of the best of the sport, right down to the wire. Almost side-by-side over the line, it was DesmoDovi who took his third win of the year with Marquez just keeping it on track for second in signature style. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) completed the podium, coming back from a Q1 hurdle on Saturday to make big points gains in the standings.

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Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati TeamDucati Team

Polesitter Marquez took the holeshot, before a stunning move from Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) saw him cut inside second-placed Dovizioso and then take Marquez on the exit, an incredible second ahead over the line at the end of Lap 1. Marquez slotted into second as Dovizioso threatened, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) into fourth past teammate Maverick Viñales.

There was early heartbreak for Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who was forced to retire as his rear brake was damaged in an early incident before Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was then also forced in. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), who suffered a big wheelie off the line, was next to enter pit lane after a warning light on the dash.

Austrian GP Race Results 1. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI 2. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA 3. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA 4. Jorge LORENZO (99) Ducati Team DUCATI 5. Johann ZARCO (5) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 6. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 7. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 8. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 9. Loris BAZ (76) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 10. Mika KALLIO (36) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 11. Andrea IANNONE (29) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 12. Scott REDDING (45) Octo Pramac Racing DUCATI 13. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 14. Karel ABRAHAM (17) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 15. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA 16. Alex RINS (42) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 17. Hector BARBERA (8) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 18. Bradley SMITH (38) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 19. Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 20. Sam LOWES (22) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA DNF: Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA DNF: Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI DNF: Jonas FOLGER (94) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA DNF: Pol ESPARGARO (44) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM

Back in the battle, Viñales had run wide into Turn 1 to lose some ground and come back on track from the run off, with Lorenzo at the head of the race then being reeled in by Marquez. Soon, Marquez was the man to misjudge the Turn 3 apex with Dovizioso quickly taking over in second. Meanwhile, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had moved up to tag onto the front four, with Pedrosa the next man to join the party, making a train of five behind Lorenzo in the lead. Marquez then struck back against Dovizioso, with 18 laps to go and everything still in the air.

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Maverick Vinales, Movistar Yamaha, ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi.Movistar Yamaha
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Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Some stunning action then shook up the lead as Lorenzo headed deep, Marquez cut inside as Dovizioso passed both as the three machines were almost neck-and-neck. But Marquez struck back, before an almost replica replay of the earlier trio saw Zarco run deep, Rossi pounce and Pedrosa take both. Then it was Rossi’s time to run wide at Turn 1 and dropping back into seventh as he made his way back on track.

At the front, Marquez and Dovizioso had begun to pull away, and everything settled into what felt increasingly like the calm before the storm.

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The battle for first between Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez.Ducati Team
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Marc Marquez gave it everything he had in the final turns. "If I hadn't tried it,” said Marquez, “I wouldn't have slept well!"Repsol Honda

Swapping places whilst keeping the pace searing, the two men fought it out until the end. Dovizioso, ahead as they crossed the line for the final lap, kept everything inch perfect as he waited for the move he knew would come. Marquez, for his part, couldn’t make a much-used Turn 7 move this time around, and the corners were counting down.

Almost a flash of unified colour around the penultimate corner, breath was held as the moment arrived – and so did Marquez. Lunging for the inside on the final corner and then sliding out just wide, the reigning champion was spectacular but it wasn’t quite enough, with his Italian rival cutting back inside to cross the line for his third win of the year.

Pedrosa completed the podium after some solid pace, taking Lorenzo and at one point in striking distance of the lead. The number 26 also moved to within only two points of Rossi in the standings. Zarco took fifth after holding off Viñales and coming home top Yamaha, with Rossi crossing the line in P7.

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Dani Pedrosa turned up his pace to overtake Jorge Lorenzo and complete the podium, gaining precious ground in the MotoGP points standings.Repsol Honda

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) had a stunning Sunday comeback to take eighth, able to pull clear of another impressive performance from Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) in ninth after the Frenchman also made it through directly into Q2.

Despite early heartbreak for Pol Espargaro, there remained something impressive to cheer for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at their first home GP – with wildcard test rider Mika Kallio riding a superb race into tenth. The second consecutive top ten finish for the Austrian marque, the Finn was also only a tenth off Baz in ninth.

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Watched at trackside by 90,411 fans, Marquez and Dovizioso delivered an incredible last few laps as they changed places numerous times. Dani Pedrosa briefly joined in the fight but was unable to stay with Dovi and Marquez.Michelin
2017 Austrian GP podium
Dovizioso crossed the line a mere one-tenth-of-a-second ahead of Marquez to take the win. Marquez and Pedrosa made it the sixth double podium finish of the season for the Repsol Honda Team.MotoGP

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was P11, ahead of Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) in P14. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completed the points scorers after a tough race.

After the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Marquez remains ahead on the road to Silverstone, but it's now Dovizioso hot on his tail - 16 points adrift. Viñales, after Austria, moves out the top two in the Championship for the first time this season - and Pedrosa is now within two points of Rossi. The British GP will not disappoint.