Lorenzo holds off Marquez to win Austrian MotoGP


Jorge Lorenzo won a thrilling Austrian MotoGP while Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso could only finish third. (AFP)

SPIELBERG BEI KNITTELFELD (Austria), August 12: Jorge Lorenzo struck the final blow in a dog fight with fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez, overtaking at the start of the final lap on Sunday to win the Austrian MotoGP.
Ducati’s Lorenzo and Marquez, on a Honda, traded first place over the closing laps before Lorenzo powered past on the home straight and then held off Marquez on the next corner to pull away to win.
Lorenzo, who will be moving to Honda next season, said he made an effort to conserve his tyres in the early part of the race.
“Ten laps to the end, I decided to attack,” Lorenzo said immediately after the race. “I was stronger in some areas, like uphill, he was stronger on the second corner. When I passed him, I gave everything and pushed to the limit. One of my best victories.”
Marquez could afford to savour the battle because his closest rival in the standings, Italian veteran Valentino Rossi, started from 14th on the grid and could only climb to sixth.
The Red Bull Ring remains the only circuit in the championship where Marquez has not won, with Ducati taking all three races since MotoGP returned to the track in 2016.
“This race I enjoyed,” Marquez said. “There was a moment when I thought I could lose the two Ducatis, but they came back.
“I gave everything, everything. I would try to defend my position but he did it to me on the straight. Great show.”
Marquez now leads the standings by 59 points as he closes in on a fifth top-class world title. (AFP)