Dovizioso pips Marquez in stunning Austrian MotoGP
Dovizioso pips Marquez in stunning Austrian MotoGP
World championship leader Marquez had started on pole but Italian Dovizioso got the better of an incredible battle where the lead changed hands several times, including twice on the final corner.
Three-time world champion Marquez’s Honda teammate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa came third.
Dovizioso’s third win of the season moved him up to second behind Marquez in the standings, 16 points back, as Spaniard Maverick Vinales dropped to third after finishing only sixth.
That was one place above his Yamaha team-mate and seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi of Italy.
Dovizioso had started second on the grid but dropped to third as his Ducati team-mate and three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo jumped from third to first at the start.
Dovizioso, who was second in Austria to his then team-mate Andrea Iannone last year, took advantage of the battle between Marquez and Lorenzo to snatch the lead. Marquez also passed Lorenzo to launch a thrilling battle with Dovizioso.
The Spaniard seemed to have an edge in speed but every time he passed the Italian, usually after a daring and almost reckless lunge into a turn, his ice-cool rival quickly took back the lead.
Their battle allowed Pedrosa to close right in around six laps from the end but he couldn’t challenge for the victory and Dovizioso prevailed.
World championship results and standings after Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, the 11th of 18 rounds of the 2017 series:
1. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 39min 43.323sec, 2. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) at 0.176sec, 3. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 2.661, 4. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Ducati) 6.663, 5. Johan Zarco (FRA/Yamaha) 7.262, 6. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yahaha) 7.447, 7. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yahama) 8.995, 8. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Aspar) 14.515, 9. Loris Baz (FRA/Avintia) 19.620 10. Mika Kallio (FIN/KTM) 19.766
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 174, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 158, 3. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 150, 4. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 141, 5. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 139, 6. Johann Zarco (FRA/Yamaha Tech3) 99, 7. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Ducati) 79, 8. Jonas Folger (GER/ Yahama Tech3) 77, 9. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/LCR Honda) 76, 10. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 75,
1. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Kalex) 37mins 39.370sec, 2. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 1.312, 3. Thomas Lüthi (SUI/Kalex) 2.544, 4. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Kalex) 3.070, 5. Mattia Pasini (ITA/Kalex) 3.745, 6. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN/Kalex) 8.827, 7. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 9.018, 8. Jorge Navarro (ESP/Kalex) 13.692, 9. Dominique Ägerter (SUI/Suter) 14.955, 10. Hafizh Syahrin (MAL/Kalex) à 18.997
1. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Kalex) 207, 2. Thomas Lüthi (SUI/Kalex) 181, 3. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 153, 4. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 133, 5. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Kalex) 100, 6. Mattia Pasini (ITA/Kalex) 84, 7. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN/Kalex) 79, 8. Simone Corsi (ITA/Speed Up) 68, 9. Dominique Ägerter (SUI/Suter) 57, 10. Luca Marini (ITA/Kalex) 54
1. Joan Mir (ESP/Honda) 37mins 23.124sec, 2. Philipp Oettl (GER/KTM) 3.045, 3. Jorge Martin (ESP/Honda) 3.377, 4. Livio Loi (BEL/Honda) 3.385, 5. Aron Canet (ESP/Honda) 3.502, 6. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Honda) 3.730, 7. Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG/KTM) 3.804, 8. Adam Norrodin (MAL/Honda) 4.183, 9. Jaume Masia (ESP/KTM) 4.310, 10. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Honda) 4.858
1. Joan Mir (ESP/Honda) 215 points, 2. Romano Fenati (ITA/Honda) 151, 3. Aron Canet (ESP/Honda) 137, 4. Jorge Martin (ESP/Honda) 105, 5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Honda) 95, 6. John McPhee (GBR/Honda) 93, 7. Marcos Ramirez (ESP/KTM) 92, 8. Andrea Migno (ITA/KTM) 83, 9. Juanfran Guevara (ESP/KTM) 71, 10. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Honda) 65
Joe Root’s century seals England series win over India, maintains No. 1 ODI ranking
- This was Root’s second unbeaten century in successive innings
- Joe Root became England’s leading one-day international century-maker
LEEDS: Joe Root became England’s leading one-day international century-maker as an innings of exactly 100 not out on his Headingley home ground saw the hosts to an eight-wicket victory over India on Tuesday and a 2-1 series win.
This was Root’s second unbeaten century in successive innings after his 113 not out helped England level the three-match contest with an 86-run win at Lord’s on Saturday.
This latest hundred was also Test skipper Root’s 13th in ODIs, taking him past the England record of 12 he had previously shared with Marcus Trescothick.
Tuesday saw Root and one-day captain Eoin Morgan (88 not out) share an unbroken third-wicket stand of 186 as England, first in the ODI rankings to their opponents’ second, ended India’s run of nine straight bilateral series wins in style.
England, who will be bidding to win the World Cup for the first time when they stage next year’s edition, had said they would treat Tuesday’s match as a dress rehearsal for a winner-takes-all game at the showpiece tournament.
And that made the comprehensive manner of their victory all the more satisfying for Morgan’s men.
It was England’s bowlers who set up this win, with Adil Rashid and David Willey, two of the five Yorkshire cricketers in their XI, taking three wickets apiece.
But, after left-arm quick Willey had kept things tight early on, it was leg-spinner Rashid who did significant damage by taking two wickets in an over.
He bowled India captain and star batsman Virat Kohli (71), as well as dismissing Suresh Raina, on his way to three for 49 in a maximum 10 overs.
Willey, who took three for 40 in nine overs, received excellent new-ball support from Durham quick Mark Wood (one for 30).
Root, who was dropped from the final match of England’s preceding 2-1 Twenty20 series loss, told Sky Sports: “It feels fantastic.
“To come into a big series like this and perform how we have as a side is great.”
Morgan added: “I think we were outstanding. I think the tone was set by the bowlers early on, David Willey and Mark Wood were on the money. From that point there was no let up.”
Meanwhile Kohli accepted his side had been outplayed.
“I thought we were never on the mark as far as runs on the board were concerned, we were 25-30 short, and England were really clinical with the bat and in the field as well,” he said.
After Morgan won the toss, Rohit Sharma, who scored a superb century during India’s eight-wicket win in the series-opener at Trent Bridge, struggled to make two off 18 balls, his innings ending when he flicked Willey to Wood at deep square leg.
Opening partner Shikhar Dhawan made a fluent 44 before was run out by Stokes’s direct hit.
Dinesh Karthik, preferred to KL Rahul for this match, then made 21 before he was bowled between bat and pad by Rashid.
Kohli pressed on, however, completing a 55-ball fifty before Rashid struck twice in six balls as India slumped to 158 for five.
He bowled Kohli with a superb leg-break and had Raina caught low at leg-slip by Root.
James Vince, called up in place of the injured Jason Roy cut the first ball of England’s reply, from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, for four.
Vince’s frustrating England career has seen him repeatedly get out on Tuesday he fell for a run-a-ball 27, although it needed a brilliant one-handed take by wicket-keeper Dhoni, from Hardik Pandya’s throw, to run him out.
But by then England were 74 for two inside 10 overs, well above the required run-rate.
Root, stumped off a Yuzvendra Chahal no-ball on 69, went to his century when he pulled Pandya through midwicket for his 10th four in 120 balls as England won with 33 deliveries to spare.
An elated Root celebrated by dropping his bat to the ground — the ‘mic drop’ gesture more associated with rock stars and stand-up comedians than cricketers.