Motorcycling: Lorenzo staves off Marquez challenge to win Austrian GP, Dovizioso completes podium

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo drinks champagne as he celebrates on the podium after winning the Austrian Grand Prix on Aug 12, 2018.
Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo drinks champagne as he celebrates on the podium after winning the Austrian Grand Prix on Aug 12, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo won an Austrian Grand Prix thriller on Sunday (Aug 12), defeating Honda's reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez to drag himself back into the title race with his third victory of the season.

Lorenzo finished the race at the Red Bull Ring in 39 minutes and 40.688 seconds, beating his compatriot and future Honda team-mate by 0.13 of a second for Ducati's third successive win in the Spielberg race.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso finished third to cap off a successful weekend for Ducati. Cal Crutchlow was fourth ahead of Danilo Petrucci.

Four-time MotoGP champion Marquez, who failed to win from pole position for the first time this season, has 201 points after 11 races, ahead of Valentino Rossi (142).

The 39-year-old Italian great finished the race in sixth place after starting in 14th. Lorenzo (130) climbed to third ahead of Dovizioso (129).

Silverstone hosts the next round of the championship with the British Grand Prix scheduled to take place on Aug 26.