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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 14:58
The Austrian Grand Prix has given to Andrea Dovizioso the fifth victory since he arrived at MotoGP in 2008, the third this season, and what a race. It has been the most exciting, as well as the most beautiful of all the ones it has in the premier class, and that is because the flavor that it lets win in one last corner is something special.
Dovizioso has had to face the toughest opponent he could find to fight in a melee, Marc Márquez. Both are fighting for the title of champion so they have not hesitated to give their all to win. The Italian and the great rhythm of his Ducati have ended up imposing on Márquez's 'mischief'.
Every weekend you have the opportunity to change everything
"It's been a long time since this thing about winning in the last corner happened to me and it's a very special feeling. If there is something wrong with a last lap, it is having Marc Márquez behind, "explained Andrea Dovizioso to the Movistar MotoGP microphones after the spectacular duel that took place yesterday at the Red Bull Ring.
The Italian proved capable of having that cold mind necessary to face an opponent like Márquez: "When you have Marc behind you, you know that he is going to try; there are curves in which you cannot as in the last one, but he does. I have been trying to close in the corners that I knew he was going to be strong and in the last one I did not think he would try but in the penultimate I heard that he opened the gas before me. And then I knew, I didn't stop, it went long and we almost touched".
Although the Honda driver was very strong throughout the weekend, Ducati was the clear favorite for the victory. In addition to that plus that the Austrian circuit brings to the Italian brand, Andrea has known manage tires in a very intelligent way, thus being able to give the best in the last laps.
"It was a stressful last lap, but I am happy with the way we have worked over the weekend. In the race I saved tires at the beginning, if we had not done it we would not have been able to do those last laps. A lot of people expected us to win easily. here but the rules have changed and the situation is very different this year. Every weekend you have the opportunity to change everything. There are five drivers fighting for the title, "said Desmodovi.
After this triumph, the Italian manages to overtake Maverick Viñales on points in the general classification, thus positioning himself second behind Marc Márquez. With this punch on the table and the 16 points that separate him, Dovizoso becomes Marc's strongest rival to snatch the title of champion he defends.