Marquez storms to third straight pole at Austrian MotoGP

Marquez storms to third straight pole at Austrian MotoGP

Marquez storms to third straight pole at Austrian MotoGP

Dovizioso and Honda rider Marquez were locked in a head-to-head scrap for victory for much of the Red Bull Ring race, with Dovizioso taking the lead with seven laps remaining.

A mistake from Lorenzo at Turn 3 allowed Marquez to move alongside on the next straight to take over the position, but Dovizioso slipstreamed past the pair of them.

Marquez nonetheless extended his points lead to 16, with Dovizioso moving up to second in the standings ahead of Maverick Vinales after the Yamaha rider finished sixth.

As Lorenzo's pace dropped, both Marquez and Dovizioso spent several spells at the front in an exhilarating race but it was the Ducati rider who had the edge.

"But I had a unusual feeling in the last corner, I was more angry than happy because he tried to overtake me in that way".

"But I was good to stop the bike, and I was a little bit faster [exiting the corner]".

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The Atlanta-born sprinter already has his eyes set on adding the 200m to his repertoire in Qatar in two years. He actually finished in third at the IAAF World Championships in London .

With Dovizioso repeatedly blocking off Marquez's favoured overtaking spot - Turn 7 - in the final minutes, their battle came down to the very last corner of the last lap.

"But I know very well, and everybody know very well Marc, and I manage in the best way the last corner".

Marquez defended his move and admitted that in the moment he forgot about his championship hopes, with the five-time world champion admitting he wouldn't be able to sleep on Sunday night without knowing if he could've won the race, even if it jeopardised his championship lead.

"I made a decision to go all-in because I knew victory was very important - but even a second place is important".

The podium was completed by Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who fought his way through the pack and picked off Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco in one move before finding his way past Lorenzo.

"I hear in the last corner, he opened [the throttle] earlier than me so I knew he wanted to try [and pass at] the last corner, and I didn't brake, I gave the possibility the overtake me".

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