Lorenzo Stops Marquez On Final Lap In Austria

Jorge Lorenzo (99) battles Marc Marquez during Sunday's MotoGP event in Austria. (MotoGP Photo)

SPIELBERG, Austria – Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo bested Marc Marquez on the final lap to win Sunday’s MotoGP event at the Red Bull Ring.

It was Marquez who had the initial advantage as he bolted away at the start of the race, leaving Lorenzo to battle his teammate Andrea Dovizioso for second. After Lorenzo secured second he slowly began to chase down Marquez, who had built a solid lead.

With 11 laps left Lorenzo had tracked down Marquez, with Dovizioso also still in the hunt in third. Lorenzo then ran wide in turn three, giving second to Dovizioso. The change was brief as Lorenzo quickly rebounded to take second back.

Shortly thereafter Lorenzo made his move, taking the lead from Marquez entering turn one. Dovizioso then ran wide and fell back behind the lead duo, leaving Lorenzo and Marquez at the front to settle things amongst themselves.

With three laps left Lorenzo went wide in turn three, opening the door for Marquez to regain the lead. Lorenzo struck back in turn nine, regaining the top spot. On the next lap Marquez struck again in turn three, but Lorenzo fended him and was leading at the start of the final lap.

Once again the attack from Marquez came in turn three, with Marquez diving to the inside of Lorenzo. Lorenzo held his line and was able to pull clear of Marquez at the exit of the corner. Marquez tried to challenge Lorenzo again throughout the final lap, but Lorenzo emerged with the victory as Marquez came up short in second.

Dovizioso ended up third behind the lead trio, followed by Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci.