Ducati finishes 1-2 as Andrea Iannone wins his first ever race in MotoGP. This is also Ducati’s first win since Casey Stoner won at Philip Island in 2010.
It’s been a long time coming – nearly six years, to be precise – but Ducati is finally back to winning ways in MotoGP. And they did it in style, too, by finishing 1-2 in the race. At the AustrianGP, Andrea Iannone took his first ever win in the premier class motorcycle racing. The Italian fought tooth and nail with Andrea Doviziozo to take the top honours, forcing his teammate to settle for the 2nd spot. Joining the Ducati duo on the podium was Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo who finished 3rd in the race.
Iannone started from pole for the Austrian GP ahead of Valentino Rossi and Dovizioso. It is a known fact that the stop-go layout of the circuit favours the Ducatis – the same was reflected during all the tests and practice sessions earlier. In the race, it turned out be a similar case. Although the Yamahas of Lorenzo and Rossi tried to challenge the Ducatis in the early laps, it was not enough. The Ducatis maintained a constant gap of around a second over the Yamaha duo for the entire race.
However, between the two Ducati riders, things were a lot more intense than usual. Iannone was racing on softer tyres as compared to his rivals, including Dovizioso, which helped him lead the pack right from the start. Dovizioso soon got the better of him though and took the lead during the middle stages of the race. Iannone, however, came back stronger to snatch the honour of taking Ducati’s first win since 2010 from his teammate.
Behind the race leaders, Lorenzo and Rossi were trying to get the better of each other for the final spot on the podium. Although Rossi was on the tail of his teammate for almost the entire race duration, he could not make any impression on Lorenzo. Rossi finished 4th.
After yesterday’s crash, where he dislocated his shoulder, Marc Marquez ran a flawless and sensible race and finished 5th, gathering some valuable points. Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales came 6th.
Dani Pedrosa’s woes seem to be a never ending affair this year. He could only manage to finish 7th in the race. Scott Redding, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro completed the top ten in the race.
Marquez currently leads the championship tally at 181 points. He is followed by Lorenzo with 138 points and Rossi with 124 points. There are 8 more races to go in this season.
2016 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix (14/08/2016)
Redbull Ring Spielberg – 4.313km, 10 turns
|1||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Ducati Team||39’46.255|
|2||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||+ 0.938|
|3||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||+3.389|
|4||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||+3.815|
|5||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||+11.813|
|6||Maverick VIÑALES||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||+14.341|
|7||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||+17.063|
|8||Scott REDDING||GBR||OCTO Pramac Yakhnich||+29.437|
|9||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+29.785|
|10||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+37.094|
|11||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||OCTO Pramac Yakhnich||+39.765|
|12||Michele PIRRO||ITA||Ducati Team||+39.766|
|13||Loris BAZ||FRA||Avintia Racing||+44.284|
|14||Tito RABAT||SPA||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||+45.004|
|15||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda||+1’03.246|
|16||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||+1’12.448|
|17||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Pull & Bear Aspar Team||+1’14.517|
|18||Eugene LAVERTY||IRL||Pull & Bear Aspar Team||+1’36.510|
|19||Stefan BRADL||GER||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1 Lap|
|Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||DNF|
|Hector BARBERA||SPA||Avintia Racing||DNF|