MotoGP: Iannone takes first Ducati win for six years

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Andrea Iannone has taken a stunning Ducati victory in MotoGP’s return to Austria, taking a dominant victory over teammate Andrea Dovizioso at the Red Bull Ring.

Always favoured as a Ducati track, the pair led from the start, trading places for the lead but controlling the gap back to the chasing Yamaha pair of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, with Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales behind them. 


Dani Pedrosa was seventh, just ahead of the first independent machine of Scott Redding, who triumphed over his fellow Brits in the closing stages, taking the place from Bradley Smith after he and Eugene Laverty became involved in a dice with Danilo Petrucci that saw the Northern Irishman end his streak of unbroken points scoring finishes in the gravel after the Italian made contact in the last corner.

Cal Crutchlow was less successful, however, ending his race back in 14th after he was one of five riders penalised for a jump-start – but in a better position than Hector Barbera, black-flagged for ignoring the penalty.

The win means that Marc Marquez’s lead in the title lead has now been closed down by both Lorenzo and Rossi to 43 and 57 points respectively. 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer