A day after announcing that he will be leaving Ducati, the Italian rider showed his best side at the Red Bull Ring and took the Austrian GP.
Andrea Dovizioso stayed with him Austrian Grand Prix a day after it was announced that he would leave Ducati. The Italian rider achieved his first victory of the season and the third in the last four years on the circuit Red bull ring, where the Bologna factory accumulates five wins in a row.
Dovizioso assures that the announcement did not give him more fuel to return to the highest step of the podium and to be only 11 points behind the leader of the championship, Fabio Quartararo. “That performance didn’t come after that decision,” he said.
He added: “We already showed in the past how strong we are on this track, so I’m more impressed with the improvement in Brno as this was our goal and we achieved it. Sure the track helped us, but we really studied a lot and we approach the practice in a different way, this was the reason why I am here. “
Dovizioso’s victory came after the race was halted nine laps due to one of the most horrible accidents ever seen in the premier class. Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco avoided incredibly serious injuries after they got tangled up at Turn 3 and Valentino Rossi was nearly hit by one of the two bikes that sped across the track.
Alex Rins spun from the front midway through a 20-lap race after the restart and Dovizioso capitalized to win ahead of Joan Mir, who passed Jack Miller at the final corner.
“When they raised the red flag the feeling was good. I got into a good position, but I expected that, after the restart, Pol Espargaró would be a little stronger, and I did not expect Rins to be that strong. But before the race I expected Rins, so in the second part this came true. “
“I think if Rins hadn’t crashed it would have been very difficult to beat him because he was struggling a bit, but in some braking areas I moved well and was able to make a hole,” he concluded.
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