Motorcycling: Iannone wins MotoGP as Austrian Grand Prix returns, Ducati end drought

Andrea Iannone from the Ducati Team celebrates on the podium after winning the Motorcycle World Championship Grand Prix Austria at the Spielberg Ring on Aug 14, 2016.
Andrea Iannone from the Ducati Team celebrates on the podium after winning the Motorcycle World Championship Grand Prix Austria at the Spielberg Ring on Aug 14, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

SPIELBERG, Austria (AFP) - Andrea Iannone claimed his maiden MotoGP victory in the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, giving Ducati their first win since 2010.

The 27-year-old Italian started from pole, and despite losing the lead temporarily to team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, hit the front again in the closing stages and held on with ease.

Italian team Ducati had last tasted success when Casey Stoner won in Australia almost six years ago, but they were the fastest team all week as MotoGP returned to Austria for the first time since 1997.

Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha completed the podium in third.

Two-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez of Honda leads the riders' championship on 181 points, a lead of 43 points over fellow Spaniard Lorenzo. Nine-time world champion in all classes Valentino Rossi of Yamaha is third on 124 points.