ROME – A show at the last corner, Andrea Dovizioso surprises Marc Marquez and takes the stage in Austria.
The Ducati rider from Forlì is once again the only one able to undermine the Honda world champion on the track: at the end of a bend-on-curve battle from the start to the end of the race, the Italian centaur will take the Spanish off satisfaction of seeing practically the umpteenth world title already archived.
Good race for Valentino Rossi who managed to close in fourth place behind the unofficial Yamaha of the French Fabio Quartararo, but ahead of the official Yamaha of his teammate Maverick Vinales, fifth at the finish line. A triumph and a splendid race by Dovizioso that the Italian driver, now at 58 points away from the World Championship at Marquez, wanted to dedicate with a special 'griffe' on the tank of his Desmosedici to the press officer and journalist Luca Semprini who died in Brno last week. "It seemed impossible to me too, it was the last corner I had to try and I had to do it – Dovizioso says -, I had a good feeling and I felt good. In the past I thought about it a little too much and this time I did something crazy. It is my most beautiful victory ".
Satisfied despite having lost the race on the most beautiful world champion Marquez: “I am happy because I had made a big mistake in choosing the rear tire. Dovi has done an incredible job. But in any case I am leading with 58 points behind. He had more grip and it went like this. " The Spaniard, author of a space pole yesterday, was the mandatory favorite of the race, but he had warned that "one thing is to make a quick turn, one account is to make 28". He probably counted on running away, a plan that failed him and in the end Dovizioso tore off his triumph on a circuit where he always ended up on the second step of the podium.
The Forlì player, focusing all his work on the race pace, took full advantage of his strategy thanks to the amazing final move. Even Rossi gave him the compliments: "Dovi is a champion because he has won so many races, he misses the World Cup – said Valentino -. It is the second strength of the championship. He is big but he still has many years to win the World Championship, "Rossi finished with a big laugh, referring to the no greener age of the Ducati rider, who turned 33 years old. From the top of his 40s, Rossi has the wisdom to evaluate fourth place in the right way. "If we started later (it was tenth on the grid, ed) the race could have been different – he underlined -. I managed to come up fast, it was a good race. For the podium I was close but those in front were stronger. We need to improve, I find it hard to find the extra grip with the soft, but we have made progress in electronics and acceleration ".
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