MotoGP Austria: Andrea Iannone takes first win in Ducati 1-2

Andrea Iannone claimed his maiden MotoGP win to lead a Ducati 1-2 in the Austrian Grand Prix and end its run of nearly six years without a victory

MotoGP Austria: Andrea Iannone takes first win in Ducati 1-2

Ducati last won a MotoGP race at Phillip Island in October 2010 with Casey Stoner, 2128 days and 101 grands prix ago.

The Red Bull Ring was viewed as the ideal opportunity to end that drought, and Iannone and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso both qualified on the front row, split by Yamaha's Valentino Rossi.

In the opening laps, Rossi took the fight to the Ducatis and his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo even led briefly, while Honda's Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales were also in the mix.

When the frenetic early action settled down, Iannone led the way, ahead of Dovizoso, Lorenzo, Rossi and Marquez.

Dovizioso took the lead on lap 10 at Turn 9, and while Marquez and Vinales subsequently drifted further behind, the Ducatis could not shake the Yamaha pair.

The margin ebbed and flowed by a matter of tenths, but entering the final 10 laps Dovizioso and Iannone were able to up their pace and pull away again to be more than one second clear.

Having gambled on a soft front tyre and medium rear compared to the medium fronts and hard rears of his rivals, Iannone then repaid Dovizioso's earlier move at the penultimate corner on lap 21.

With seven tours to go, that initially helped the Yamaha pair chip back into the margin by a couple of tenths, but Iannone proved his mettle.

Including setting the fastest lap of the race, a 1m24.561s with four to go, Iannone edged away to lead by nearly half a second.

The job was done and he brought it over the line to deliver a victory both he and Ducati craved, while Dovizioso had to settle for second.

The Yamahas faded in the closing laps to finish more than three seconds behind, with Lorenzo third to end a run of three torrid races without a podium, while Rossi followed him all race but had to settle for fourth.

Racing despite dislocating his left shoulder on Saturday morning, Marquez took fifth place.

The Honda rider maintains a healthy championship lead of 43 points over Lorenzo and 57 over Rossi.

Vinales fell off the back of Marquez in the second half of the race and was sixth on his Suzuki, ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who was a lonely seventh.

Pramac Ducati's Scott Redding was the best of the satellite riders in eighth, just ahead of Tech3 Yamaha pair Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro.

Eugene Laverty ran as high as eighth, but lost several places and was then forced off at the final corner by Danilo Petrucci.

Five riders were handed ride-through penalties for jumping the start: Cal Crutchlow, Hector Barbera, Yonny Hernandez, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl.

Of the pack, Crutchlow was also one of the big losers on the first lap, falling from seventh on the grid to 16th, and eventually finished in 15th.

Barbera was disqualified for not serving the penalty in the required time, which he attributed to not seeing the message on his dash.

Laverty and Barbera had scored points in every grand prix in 2016, but Marquez is now the only rider with that record.

RACE RESULT

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Andrea Iannone Ducati 39m46.255s 28
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.938s 28
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 3.389s 28
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 3.815s 28
5 Marc Marquez Honda 11.813s 28
6 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 14.341s 28
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 17.063s 28
8 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 29.437s 28
9 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 29.785s 28
10 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 37.094s 28
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 39.765s 28
12 Michele Pirro Ducati 39.766s 28
13 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 44.284s 28
14 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 45.004s 28
15 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m03.246s 28
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m12.448s 28
17 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1m14.517s 28
18 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1m36.510s 28
19 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1 Lap 27
- Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Retirement 24
- Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Disqualified 12
- Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda Withdrawn 0

RIDERS' STANDINGS

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 181
2 Jorge Lorenzo 138
3 Valentino Rossi 124
4 Dani Pedrosa 105
5 Maverick Vinales 93
6 Andrea Iannone 88
7 Andrea Dovizioso 79
8 Pol Espargaro 78
9 Hector Barbera 65
10 Scott Redding 53
11 Eugene Laverty 53
12 Aleix Espargaro 51
13 Jack Miller 42
14 Bradley Smith 42
15 Cal Crutchlow 41
16 Stefan Bradl 37
17 Alvaro Bautista 35
18 Danilo Petrucci 29
19 Michele Pirro 23
20 Tito Rabat 20
21 Loris Baz 11
22 Yonny Hernandez 3


shares
comments
Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso back MotoGP dashboard messaging
Previous article

Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso back MotoGP dashboard messaging

Next article

Ducati questioned Iannone's AustrianGP MotoGP strategy gamble

Ducati questioned Iannone's AustrianGP MotoGP strategy gamble
Load comments
The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Plus

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Plus

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Autosport’s pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

MotoGP
Dec 3, 2021
How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Plus

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021
Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Plus

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

MotoGP
Nov 19, 2021
How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career Plus

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

MotoGP
Nov 15, 2021
Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove Plus

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2021
How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence Plus

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

MotoGP
Nov 8, 2021
The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Plus

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

MotoGP
Nov 2, 2021