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Iannone wins Austrian MotoGP for first Ducati victory since 2010

Iannone wins Austrian MotoGP for first Ducati victory since 2010

SPIELBERG: Ducati rider Andrea Iannone won his maiden MotoGP race at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, giving the Italian manufacturer its first victory since 2010.

Having started from pole position, Iannone lost the lead to his Italian compatriot Andrea Dovizioso but overtook his Ducati team-mate with seven laps to go and beat him by 0.938 seconds.

It was Ducati’s first 1-2 finish in nine seasons.

Ducati had last tasted success when Casey Stoner won in Australia almost six years ago, but they were the fastest team all week as MotoGP returned to Austria for the first time since 1997.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Iannone, who will be replaced at Ducati by defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo at the end of the season. “It’s very, very difficult to explain. I worked so many years for this moment.”

Dovizioso was chasing his second career win after taking the British GP in 2009, when he was competing for Honda.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo completed the podium in third behind Dovizioso to cut the gap in the drivers’ standings behind championship leader Marc Marquez to 43 points.

After 10 of 18 races, Marquez leads with 181 points, with another Yamaha rider, Valentino Rossi, 14 points further back in third.

Seven-time world champion Rossi finished Sunday’s race in fourth, half a second behind Lorenzo.

The MotoGP season continues in Brno, Czech Republic, next week.

Published in Dawn, August 15th, 2016

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