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Championship leader Marc Marquez claims third straight pole in Austria

Championship leader Marc Marquez claims third straight pole in Austria

All eyes were on Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso ahead of Saturday's qualifying for Austria MotoGP at Red Bull Ring.

The pair emerged as the leading contenders for victory after a frantic start to the Austrian Grand Prix, with Dovizioso ultimately prevailing by 0.176 seconds despite a desperate last-corner lunge from Marquez. Finishing third was Dani Pedrosa as Honda dominated the podium.

Marquez also passed Lorenzo to launch a thrilling battle with Dovizioso.

As Marquez fended off Dovizioso, Lorenzo extended an early lead of a second, but was soon reeled in by Marquez when the order stabilised.

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales produced a late recovery to climb up to fourth on the grid, with Ducati's Danilo Petrucci rounding out the top five. Marquez then struck back against Dovizioso, with 18 laps to go and everything still in the air. Dovizioso, ahead as they crossed the line for the final lap, kept everything inch flawless as he waited for the move he knew would come.

"But, we survived the race, we're second, and if you said to me on Thursday I'd be second, I would say it's a great result".

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Nearly a flash of unified color around the penultimate corner, breath was held as the moment arrived - and so did Marquez.

Marquez fended off Dovizioso as Lorenzo increased his advantage, but the defending champion slipped back to third briefly before regaining second spot.

"Today on the last lap I was thinking about everything except the championship".

"I made a decision to go all-in because I knew victory was very important - but even a second place is important".

"But I had a odd feeling in the last corner, I was more angry than happy because he tried to overtake me in that way". I was losing everywhere but much faster there, maybe because he was on softer tires.

"I was on the limit, pushing a lot".

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"Marc always tries to do something on the last lap!" said Dovizioso.

"The last lap was very hard for me, because I lose a lot in the two left corners, and it was easy for him to overtake me", he said.

Speaking about his approach for the final corner, he added: "I leave the door open because if I close the door, for sure he hits me and he's able to win".

"Dovi deserves it because when he was behind me he was comfortable, and when I was behind him I was on the limit". But I heard his engine the corner before the last - he opened the gas before me, and I knew he wanted to try.

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. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completed the points scorers after a tough race. The next race is the British GP at Silverstone on August 27. Vinales slipped to third spot with 150 points, followed by Rossi on 141.

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