Dovizioso was braced for Márquez lunge
13 August 2017 – Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso says he knew Repsol Honda rival Marc Márquez would attempt to wrestle away the lead at the final corner, after prevailing in a thrilling battle at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Dovizioso and Márquez overhauled early leader Jorge Lorenzo at the Red Bull Ring and embarked on a frenetic fight across the remaining laps, the lead changing hands several times.
Dovizioso entered the final lap with an advantage of less than a tenth of a second, and preserved the slender lead through to the last two corners.
Márquez dived up the inside of Dovizioso into the final right-hander but the latter avoided contact and used his superior exit to recapture the lead, crossing the line 0.176s clear.
"The battle was really nice," said Dovizioso, following his third win of the campaign.
"We controlled the race, me and Marc, for the tyres, but is the worst thing you can have – Marc in the last lap behind!
"I heard in the last corner that he opened [the throttle] earlier than me, so I knew he wanted to try [at] the last corner.
"I didn't brake, I gave [him] the possibility to overtake me, but he was good to stop the bike, but I was a little bit faster [on the exit].
"I'm so happy, it's very difficult to win like this!"
Dovizioso's victory means he now holds second position in the championship, 16 points behind Márquez.