Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso has criticised Мarc Marquez’s aggressive last-corner lunge that just about denied him finish in MotoGP’s Austrian Grand Prix.
Dovizioso and Honda rider Marquez were bolted in a very head-to-head scrap for triumph for a lot of of the Red Bull Ring race, with Dovizioso taking the lead with seven laps remaining.
The combine ran line aft as they entered the ultimate sequence of bends on the ultimate lap, with Marquez attempting a move round the outside exiting flip 9 before barging past into the ultimate corner.
The Spaniard narrowly avoided the Ducati rider as he ran out wide, and Dovizioso signalled his discontent at the move as he crossed the road.
“To win within the last corner is usually totally different and special with Мarc, as a result of he’s specialized within the battle,” aforesaid a reflective Dovizioso.
“But I had a wierd feeling within the last corner, i used to be additional angry than happy as a result of he tried to overtake me in this manner.
“I did this [gesture] instinctively, as a result of that’s not a corner to do to overtake a rider.
“But i do know alright, and everyone recognize okay Мarc, and that i manage within the best means the last corner.”
Dovizioso – who is currently second within the points standings, sixteen behind Marquez – aforesaid he might hear Marquez’s engine through the ultimate corners, that allowed him to anticipate the move.
“The last lap was terribly tough on behalf of me, as a result of I lose lots within the 2 left corners, and it absolutely was simple for him to overtake me,” he said.
“I did not recognize he wasn’t terribly shut, therefore I closed the door and he caught me once more.
“He had an opportunity to do within the last 2 corners, however the corner before last I braked terribly late and it absolutely was tough for him.
“[At first] I did not expect he’d try and overtake me as a result of there isn’t any area there, there is not a braking [zone].
“But I detected his engine – the corner before the last, he was allowed to open the throttle before me as a result of he ready the corner higher than me, therefore I knew he needed to do [to overtake.
“So I left the door receptive try and exit quicker.”
Points leader Marquez aforesaid he threw caution to the wind whereas trying the ultimate corner pass on Dovizioso.
“On the last lap i used to be considering everything; the championship, I forgot a trifle bit,” Marquez aforementioned.
“I was pushing 100%.
“I determined to go all-in as a result of I knew finish was vital – however even a second place is vital. Last year we have a tendency to struggled plenty here and this year we tend to were a lot of nearer to the Ducatis.
“I arrived on the limit and that i tried [to overtake] on the last corner, as a result of if not, I cannot head to sleep [tonight], I even have to do.”