MotoGP Grand Prix of Austria 2019 Results: Andrea Dovizioso Beats Marc Marquez

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2019

Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Marc Marquez (L) and Mission Winnow Ducati's Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso ride their motorbikes during the race of the Austrian Moto GP Grand Prix in Spielberg on August 11, 2019 (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Andrea Dovizioso won the Austrian MotoGP Grand Prix on Sunday, eventually edging out Marc Marquez after a thrilling battle. 

The duo pulled away from the rest of the field and were involved in an engaging scrap at the Red Bull Ring. Marquez led going into the final lap, but Ducati's Dovizioso stayed in touch and was able to bustle past the Honda man on Turn 10, taking a memorable win.

Fabio Quartararo came home in third, with the Yamaha star coming home ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi.

BT Sport shared the last lap of an incredible race: 

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You need to watch this 😳 The final lap of the #AustrianGP in full... What a finish, WHAT A SPORT! Andrea Dovizioso judges it to perfection on the final corner 🔥👏 https://t.co/w9Dr71Ou09

Afterwards, the respect between the two men was clear: 

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We'll never tire of watching these two fight for victory! 👊 @marcmarquez93 congratulates @AndreaDovizioso! 🤝 #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 https://t.co/ADtAz5PvMM

Despite being beaten by the Italian on Sunday, Marquez remains in total control of the race for the championship. After 11 races, he has a huge 63-point lead over Dovizioso.

After qualifying in pole position, Marquez got away well, and some early squabbles with the Ducati rider were a sign of things to come for the rest of the day.

Initially, their battles allowed Quartararo to come through and take the lead temporarily. However, once the race settled down, Marquez and Dovizioso had the superior pace and were able to find a way past the Yamaha man into the front two positions.

With the Frenchman shifting his focus to finishing in third, the leading pair gave it their all to stay at the head of the race:  

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The battle is on! 🔥 @AndreaDovizioso and @marcmarquez93 are throwing everything at each other! ✊ #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 https://t.co/DWmYWF4QFS

Meanwhile, Jack Miller had a moment to forget behind the leading group, allowing Rossi to move up into fourth spot: 

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While the battle raged at the front, @jackmilleraus unfortunately crashed out of P4! 💢 The Australian is unhurt 👌🏼 #AustrianGP 🇦🇹 https://t.co/nvQPzya06c

In the Czech Republic last weekend, Marquez was able to pull away from the chasers and ease to win. But Ducati are a different beast in Austria, and Dovizioso's doggedness kept the advantage at the head of the race to a tiny margin.

Going into the last lap, the two were almost dead level, and given Marquez's form this season, it was going to take something special from the Italian to get past him.

Thankfully for Ducati fans, Dovizioso was able to conjure an extraordinary moment, darting down the inside of his rival before holding his line to take the chequered flag. The MotoGP Memes account hailed the brilliant pass: 

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Andrea Dovizioso with one of the best overtakes I have ever seen. What a victory. #MotoGP #AustrianGP

The win for Dovizioso is unlikely to change much in the grand scheme of the title race, as Marquez has been dominant over the course of the year.

However, fans will be thankful that the leading competitors have plenty of fight in them yet and will hope for more gripping contests like this for the remainder of the 2019 campaign.