MotoGP: ‘Crazy race and incredible weekend’ for Dovi

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Andrea Dovizioso says that his weekend at the Austrian was incredible despite a crazy end to Sunday’s battle with Marc Marquez with the Ducati rider coming out on top to take his third win of 2017.

Going into the last lap neck and neck, it looked like anyone’s race to win – but a do or die move from Marquez and an ice cold approach from the Italian means that he was able to continue the momentum of an incredible season so far.

“It was a crazy race, but to be honest the whole weekend was incredible, and in particular the final curve of the last lap, but I managed to remain clear headed and was aware that Marquez was going to try and pass me. It was a very difficult situation because if Marc had closed the door coming out of the corner, he would have forced me out and passed me. Instead I was able to resist his attack and I went on to win!


“I’m very satisfied with the way we managed the entire weekend with my team: understanding the right choice of tyres was really difficult but we did it. We had a great race, we’re making up points in the championship, and we’ve got all the right cards to fight for the title.”

And while the headlines might be about Dovi, his teammate Jorge Lorenzo also had an impressive race of his own, leading for almost half the race and admitting after finishing fourth that it was his best race to date with the manufacturer.

“I think that this was my best race of the year: I started from the front row, I led the race for 11 laps, and I finished the GP just over six seconds down on the winner. This time we were a bit lacking in power, because from the third lap onwards I had to change the mapping to keep the fuel consumption under control, and above all I was losing a lot on the straights to my rivals. The rear tyre also deteriorated on the right side and I was unable to keep touch with the leading group.

“Things are going better at every race, I’m riding more convincingly and I’m able to get more out of my bike. We’re missing very little, just a couple of tenths, to be able to fight for the win and so we must be satisfied. Congratulations to Andrea, because he deserved to win what was a very difficult race.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer