Reigning MotoGP king Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) and world number-two Andrea Dovizioso fought an epic duel for victory at Red Bull Ring today, racing side by side around MotoGP’s fastest racetrack in Austria’s Alpine foothills.

The Spaniard and Italian battled like heroes all the way to the finish line, Dovizioso squeezing past Marquez at the very last corner to win by two tenths of a second.

Marquez had started from pole position, sharing the front row with Dovizioso and third-place finisher Fabio Quartararo, who led the first few laps. Then Dovizioso took the lead, followed by Marquez, who soon after moved ahead to lead most of the 28 laps, allowing Dovizioso past in the closing stages to examine the Italian’s strong and weak points.

With three laps remaining Marquez attacked again, retaking the lead and then riding the ragged edge for the last few laps, commencing the final lap just 0.02 seconds ahead. But he didn’t have enough rear traction, having chosen the medium rear tyre, which didn’t grip as well as the soft tyre in today’s cooler conditions. Dovizioso raced with the soft rear.

The 26-year-old Spaniard stayed ahead all the way to the final corner, where Dovizioso risked everything to get in front once more. He made it through, the gap so close that Marquez’s front-brake protector got caught up with Dovizioso, nearly causing him to crash, so he lost the corner-exit drive that might have allowed him to challenge Dovizioso on the dash to the finish line.

Marquez’s willingness to ride so hard when he went into the race with a 63-point championship lead showed the mettle of the dazzlingly talented youngster who only races with one aim: to win. His first defeat since June’s Dutch round takes him into round 12 in Britain with a comfortable 58-point advantage.

Yesterday Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) achieved his best MotoGP grid slot, riding his 2018-spec RC213V. The 27-year-old from Chiba qualified a super sixth fastest and had high hopes of following that with another strong race result. The Japanese rode well once again but didn’t have the outright speed of his rivals’ machines and finished 11th, less than two seconds outside the top ten.

HRC test rider Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) contested his fourth MotoGP race of the year and his third as substitute for the injured Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who plans to return to action at the British GP later this month. The 29-year-old German achieved his fourth consecutive points score, crossing the line in 13th position, gathering vital data and information for HRC.

Briton Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) was very much out of luck today. On only the second lap of the race a rival’s machine cut out and suddenly slowed at turn three, the 33-year-old Briton making contact with another bike in the resulting traffic jam and crashing out. It was a bitter blow for the three-times MotoGP winner who believed he had the pace to fight for a podium finish.

The MotoGP paddock now heads across the English Channel for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 25.

Marc Marquez

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I’m happy because today we made a mistake with the rear tyre, immediately I saw all the soft tyres had better grip and even their consistency at the end was better than us. Even like this I tried because I’m Marc and I need to try! The second place is good, we missed in the last corner with a lot of sliding, but Dovi did an incredible job. Still we are able to leave here with a 58-point lead so we will keep continuing like this. Even when we are not in the best shape, we are able to finish like this which is positive overall.

Repsol Honda Team
Takaaki Nakagami

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Of course, I’m disappointed that I finished outside the top ten. From the beginning I really struggled with front feeling, especially edge grip. But the tyre choice was my choice – I raced with the hard compound front and the soft rear because during practice this combination worked really well. But the race conditions were cooler, after last night’s rain, so the track condition changed a lot from practice to the race, which gave me a negative feeling, especially with the front tyre. In straight braking I was OK, but when turning I struggled to find grip, so my lap times were slower than I expected. At end I wasn’t able to keep my pace even more, because the front tyre dropped a lot and the rear tyre also dropped. I’m disappointed, especially with the second part of my race. The hard front wasn’t the correct choice, but it was my decision.

LCR Honda
Stefan Bradl

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The target was to finish in the points after a difficult weekend for me, especially with qualifying. So to finish in 13th is quite a good result considering we started from the back of the grid and had the weather against us this morning. We weren’t able to test what we wanted to in warm-up due to the rain, so being in the points is a happy ending. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team for all their support during these races and to HRC as well; we have achieved a lot.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

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Obviously I’m really disappointed today because we weren’t able to record a result and I only managed just over one lap of the race. Unfortunately I was caught up in an incident in which Pol’s [Espargaro] bike stopped, then the rider in front of me, Tito Rabat, ran into the back of Pol and I hit the back of Rabat. It was really slow speed but unfortunately the collision took my handlebar which made me crash. Before the race I was feeling positive – I thought I could get a good result and get some good information to learn some more lessons. But racing goes like this sometimes, so now we have to look forward to my home GP in two weeks.

LCR Honda
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Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria

MotoGP 2019, Round 11

Sunny / 23
Sunday 11 Aug 2019, 12:52 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 23°C
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Ground Temp: 32°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 39'34.771
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.213
3 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 16 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +6.117
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 13 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +7.719
5 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 11 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +8.674
6 Alex Rins 42 SPA 10 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +8.695
7 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +16.021
8 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 8 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +16.206
9 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 7 Ducati Team Ducati +17.350
10 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 6 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +20.510
11 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 5 LCR Honda Honda +22.273
12 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +25.503
13 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 3 Repsol Honda Team Honda +31.962
14 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +34.741
15 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +48.109
16 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1 lap
Sunny / 33
Saturday 10 Aug 2019, 15:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 33°C
  • Humidity: 34%
  • Ground Temp: 51°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'23.027
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.434
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.488
4 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.496
5 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.625
6 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.642
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.654
8 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.661
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.727
10 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.790
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.839
12 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.937
13 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.301
14 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.441
15 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.560
16 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.563
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.594
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.697
19 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.920
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.930
21 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.191
Sunny Spells / 29
Friday 9 Aug 2019, 13:48 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 29°C
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Ground Temp: 49°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'23.916
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.066
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.117
4 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.155
5 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.237
6 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.392
7 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.410
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.414
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.420
10 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.502
11 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.553
12 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.624
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.682
14 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.714
15 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.754
16 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.839
17 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.949
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.087
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.223
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.317
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.353
Rider Standings
Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 230 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 172 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 136 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 124 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 103 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 102 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 92 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 86 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 78 LCR Honda Honda
10 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 62 LCR Honda Honda
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 61 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 58 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 39 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 33 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 26 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
16 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 24 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
17 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 21 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
21 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 14 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 4 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 3 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
25 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 3 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki