Mission Winnow Ducati Corse's Andrea Dovizioso celebrates after winning Sunday’s Austrian MotoGP race. Photo: Lisi Niesner/Reuters
Mission Winnow Ducati Corse's Andrea Dovizioso celebrates after winning Sunday’s Austrian MotoGP race. Photo: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Ducati's Dovizioso wins Austrian GP after horror crash halts race, SA’s Brad Binder finishes strongly in 4th

By Reuters Time of article published Aug 16, 2020

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SPIELBERG – Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso won an action-packed Austrian Grand Prix which was halted for 20 minutes after Franco Morbidelli's Yamaha collided with the Avintia Ducati of Johann Zarco in Spielberg on Sunday.

The red flag came out early in the race when Morbidelli and Zarco came together at turn three, with their cartwheeling bikes nearly taking out Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales as the two Yamahas navigated the turn.

Dovizioso, who said on Saturday that he would not be renewing his contract with Ducati, took the chequered flag to keep the team's perfect record at the Red Bull Ring intact.

Ducati have won every race since the circuit was introduced on the calendar in 2016 and it was the Italian rider's third victory on the track having won in 2017 and 2019 while it was Ducati's 50th premier class win.

However, the manufacturer lost out on a one-two finish when Joan Mir capitalised on Jack Miller's mistake on the final lap as his Pramac Ducati went wide to give the Suzuki rider second place.

South Africa’s Brad Binder, the winner of last weekend’s MotoGP race, finished in fourth place after another strong showing.

Reuters

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