It was Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso who made the 2019 Austrian GP a fantastic race to watch! Both the riders gave their 100% and were racing very aggressively. The fight between them started as the lights went out.￼
Marquez had the pole position, Fabio was at second, and Dovi had the third spot. The first corner of lap 1 had Marquez and Dovi side by side. No one backed off and thus, both of them went wide in that corner and lost a few places. This made Fabio the race leader.
Lights out at the Red Bull Ring! 🚦
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By the next lap, Dovi gained his lost positions and was right on Fabio’s tail. Following Dovi was Miller and then we had Marquez followed by Valentino Rossi. With 25 laps remaining, Marquez made a move and overtook Miller. He was now trailing behind Dovizioso. It was just mind-boggling to watch this young talented man race.
In the next two laps, Dovi easily took down Fabio with the sheer speed of his Ducati. Marquez was also behind and he too went past Fabio. The 20-year-old didn’t make any mistake. His Petronas Yamaha was a no match to the Ducati and Honda. This was the leading group of the race. At the back, Miller was experiencing heat from Rossi. And with 20 laps to go, Miller crashed out of the race giving Rossi the fourth place!
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Marquez and Dovizioso continue to fight an intense battle for the first place. Marc led the race for the next few laps until with only 9 laps remaining, Dovi took the lead once again. It was phenomenal to watch these guys push their bikes and themselves to the limits. We thought this is how the race would end but it was Marquez, and he doesn’t give up.
3 laps to go, the Spaniard made a move to get past Dovizioso and the fans went berserk! It was a brilliant move. Marquez took the lead. Dovi tried a couple of times to take him down but went wide in the corners. Everything came down to the last lap. Marquez was still leading the race and beating him seemed impossible. But not for Dovi! It was at the last corner of this final lap when Dovi put his Ducati inside the corner right next to Marquez. He had a great grip at the exit and shot ahead of Marquez crossing the line at the first place!
Déjà vu 🔄
— MotoGP™ 🇦🇹 (@MotoGP) August 11, 2019
It was like Deja Vu. Both these riders had a neck-to-neck fight on the same track in 2017. And Dovi made the exact same move, in the same corner, in the last lap to get past Marquez and win the race.
Fabio finished third, another podium for the 20-year-old. This kid has immense talent and he should be getting the full-powered Yamaha M1 soon. Rossi was fourth, much better place for the Doctor in a long time. His teammate Vinales, crossed the line at fifth followed by Alex Rins.
We had tremendous fun and thrill watching the 2019 Austrian GP. Now, MotoGP has a week off. The next race will be held at Silverstone where Triumph is going to unveil its new and much-awaited Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition!
2019 Austrian GP race results-
1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19) 39m 34.771s
2 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.213s
3 Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)* +6.117s
4 Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +7.719s
5 Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +8.674s
6 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +8.695s
7 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18)* +16.021s
8 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +16.206s
9 Danilo Petrucci ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19) +17.350s
10 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +20.510s
11 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +22.273s
12 Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) +25.503s
13 Stefan Bradl GER Repsol Honda (RC213V) +31.962s
14 Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +34.741s
15 Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) +48.109s
16 Andrea Iannone ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +11.827s
Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) DNF
Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP19) DNF
Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) DNF
Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF