2019 Austria MotoGP Results: Ducati Continues Streak at Red Bull Ring

2019 Austria MotoGP Results
Ducati's Dovizioso and Honda's Marc Marquez

2019 Austria MotoGP Results

When we previewed the Austrian Grand Prix, we said the reigning five-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez may lose some edge following the 28-lap race at Red Bull Ring.

Marquez impressed, leading Friday’s free practice and claiming his third pole at the Red Bull Ring since racing returned to Austria  in 2016. One thing Marquez could never do, though, is win in Austria; he was beat by Ducati machinery every singe time.

Ducati's Dovizioso and Honda's Marc Marquez
Ducati’s Dovizioso and Honda’s Marc Marquez

And after a back-and-forth battle with Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso for practically the entire race, Marquez looked like he’d finally achieve a win at the Red Bull Ring – the only venue on the 2019 MotoGP schedule where he never had claimed a victory.

But Dovizioso made a last-turn pass, and earned his second victory of the season, and second win at the Red Bull Ring. This makes for four-straight Ducati wins in Austria since the venue returned to the MotoGP Championship in 2016.

Dovizioso qualified third, and used the Desmosedici GP19’s power to quickly get into second behind Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo. Dovi took the lead on lap six, and a battle began between him and Marquez. Dovizioso would be credited with leading nine laps, and Marquez 13.

2019 Austria MotoGP Results
Ducati’s Dovizioso and Honda’s Marc Marquez

What mattered was Dovizioso crossing the finish line first, 0.213 of a second ahead of Marquez. Quartararo would take the final podium position, 6.117 seconds behind Marquez.

After 11 of 19 rounds, Dovizioso has now tightened the points gap. The Italian has 230 points, trailing Marquez by 58. This was Dovizioso’s second win of the season including his victory at the season opener in Qatar.

“Today I’m so happy, because this victory was really important for me,” Andrea Dovizioso says. “Towards the end of the race I had good right-side grip on the tyre and this allowed me to successfully attempt that incredible overtaking move at the final corner.

“My strategy for the race was to be aggressive right from the opening lap, but Marquez was more aggressive than me. He immediately tried to impose his rhythm but I was always able to respond and in the final stages I think he had more wear on his tires than me so I could stay right on his tail until the end, and attempt that crazy passing move on him at the final corner. I want to thank Ducati and my team because today we did everything just perfectly.”

Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo at Austria MotoGP
Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo

As for Marquez, he now has earned 10 podium finishes in 11 races, which includes six wins.

“I’m happy because today we made a mistake with the rear tire, immediately I saw all the soft tires had better grip and even their consistency at the end was better than us,” Marc Marquez says.

“Even like this I tried because I’m Marc and I need to try! The second place is good, we missed in the last corner with a lot of sliding but Dovi did an incredible job. Still we are able to leave here with a 58-point lead so we will keep continuing like this. Even when we are not in the best shape, we are able to finish like this which is positive overall.”

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi finished fourth, just ahead of his teammate Maverick Vinales and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins.

Yamaha's Valentino Rossi at Red Bull Ring 2019 MotoGP
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi

Rounding out the top 10 were Pramac Racing Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, Red Bull KTM’s Miguel Oliveira, Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci, and Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli.

The series now breaks for two weeks ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where Marquez’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo is slated to return after injury.

Dovi and Marquez at Austrian MotoGP
Ducati’s Dovizioso and Honda’s Marc Marquez

2019 Austria Grand Prix MotoGP Results from Red Bull Ring

1Andrea Dovizioso39’34.771
2Marc Marquez39’34.984
3Fabio Quartararo39’40.888
4Valentino Rossi39’42.490
5Maverick Viñales39’43.445
6Alex Rins39’43.466
7Francesco Bagnaia39’50.792
8Miguel Oliveira39’50.977
9Danilo Petrucci39’52.121
10Franco Morbidelli39’55.281
11Takaaki Nakagami39’57.044
12Johann Zarco40’00.274
13Stefan Bradl40’06.733
14Aleix Espargaro40’09.512
15Karel Abraham40’22.880
16Andrea Iannone40’46.598


2019 MotoGP Point Standings (after 11 of 19 rounds)

1Marc Marquez230
2Andrea Dovizioso172
3Danilo Petrucci136
4Alex Rins124
5Valentino Rossi103
6Maverick Viñales102
7Fabio Quartararo92
8Jack Miller86
9Cal Crutchlow78
10Takaaki Nakagami62
11Pol Espargaro61
12Franco Morbidelli58
13Joan Mir39
14Aleix Espargaro33
15Miguel Oliveira26
16Francesco Bagnaia24
17Johann Zarco22
18Andrea Iannone21
19Jorge Lorenzo19
20Stefan Bradl16
21Tito Rabat14
22Michele Pirro9
23Karel Abraham4
24Hafizh Syahrin3
25Sylvain Guintoli3
26Bradley Smith0