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It was a Ducati moment at the Austrian MotoGP on August 14,
2016 as Andrea Iannone took the first win for the Ducati Team after almost six
years. It was Casey Stoner who took his Ducati bike over the finish line at
Phillip Island in 2010. For Iannone it was a first as the Italian held off
teammate Andrea Dovizioso to win the race. Dovizioso
came in second, making it a 1-2 for the Borgo Panigale factory for the
first time since 2007. Reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)
completed the podium in P3 to beat teammate Valentino Rossi to the rostrum –
and cut the gap to points leader Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez suffered a bad crash in FP3 that saw him
dislocate his shoulder, but the Spaniard rode on into an impressive top five
finish despite the Repsol Honda Team not having tested in Austria. The
championship leader held off pressure from Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki
Ecstar) throughout to protect his large title margin and do some damage
control, with the second Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa crossing the line in P7.
Scott Redding came through into P8 for another good result for Octo Pramac
Yakhnich, ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Bradley Smith and Pol
Iannone began the race from pole and got a great start off
the line to lead into Turn 1, with drama behind as Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda
Team) went in hot and ran wide in an incident that also affected fast-starting
Lorenzo. Despite suffering with pain in his ribs from a motocross accident, he
was able to overtake Dovizioso cross the line ahead to take the historic win.
“After how yesterday
went, I’m happy with today’s race. My shoulder didn’t hurt at any time during
the race, so no excuses there. I would have taken fifth position if it were
offered to me before starting the race. I knew the Ducatis and Yamahas were
fast, so this was the best possible outcome and it’s positive that we’ve only
lost five points compared to Lorenzo. Given the difficulties we’ve had, it was
clear that our objective was to think of the fight for the Championship. I
started aggressively, as it was the only way of trying to fight with the front
group, but after making a couple of mistakes I lost the slipstream and it was
very difficult to recover from that,” said Marc Marquez after the race.
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