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Championship leader Marc Marquez claims third straight pole in Austria

14 August 2017

Early laps of the race saw Lorenzo in the lead, while Marquez and Dovizioso played catch up. Lunging for the inside on the final corner and then sliding out just wide, the reigning champion was spectacular - but it wasn't quite enough, with his Italian rival cutting back inside to cross the line for his third win of the year.

Dovizioso, who was second in Austria to his then teammate Andrea Iannone a year ago, took advantage of the battle between Marquez and Lorenzo to snatch the lead. "But I had a unusual feeling in the last corner, I was more angry than happy because he tried to overtake me in that way".

Lorenzo faded thereafter, but Dovizioso managed to stick within a couple of tenths of Marquez and coasted past again when the reigning champion erred at Remus on lap 18 of 28.

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"It was a stressful last lap but I'm happy with how we've worked throughout the weekend", he added. I made a decision to go all-in because I knew victory was very important - but even a second place is important.

Repsol Honda's Marquez said: "I was on the limit, I was pushing quite a lot and on the last lap I was bouncing a little bit, losing the rear". "It was hard for me because I lost a lot in the two left corners, and it was easy for him to overtake me - I didn't know he wasn't close and I closed the door, so he had chance to catch me again".

"I tried to listen to his engine and on the second last corner he opened his throttle earlier than me so I knew that he would be trying everything at the last corner to overtake me". I didn't expect him in the final corner, because there is no space, it's not a braking zone.

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Pedrosa completed the podium, four seconds ahead of Lorenzo. The number 26 also moved to within only two points of Rossi in the standings. Aspar Ducati's Alvaro Bautista finished 8th with Avintia Ducati's Loris Baz finished 9th.

Finland's MotoGP rider Mika Kallio of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rides during a warm up session for the MotoGP race at the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

In the second part of the race, they swapped places numerous times as they fought for first place, with Dovizioso emerging ahead as the chequered flag closed in. Vinales slipped to third spot with 150 points, followed by Rossi on 141.

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Championship leader Marc Marquez claims third straight pole in Austria