Ducati's Andrea Iannone took the chequered flag at the Austrian Grand Prix, round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship, to notch up his first-ever MotoGP victory, ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who finished runner-up nine-tenths of a second behind, in his 250th grand prix race.
The two Ducati riders dominated the 28-lap race at the Zeltweg‰Ûªs Red Bull Ring, holding off attacks from Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in the early stages: Iannone moved into the lead on lap 2 and was then passed by Dovizioso on the tenth lap. Dovi kept the lead until lap 20, but next time around was passed by Iannone who held onto first place until the flag.
Ducati returned to the winner‰Ûªs podium for the first time in six years, since Casey Stoner‰Ûªs victory in the 2010 Australian GP. The last Ducati 1-2 in MotoGP dates back once again to Australia, at Phillip Island in 2007 when Stoner won the race ahead of Loris Capirossi.
‰ÛÏI am really very happy, because in my opinion we did an incredible race," Iannone said. "I started off quite slowly and tried to stay up front without ever pushing too hard, because I knew that in the final stages I could have had a bit less pace than everyone else, having opted to start with the soft rear tyre, while all the others made a different choice. I ran the whole race keeping a bit of margin and my bike was really perfect. I think that we did a great job over the entire weekend and I‰Ûªd like to thank my team, all of Ducati and my crew chief Marco Rigamonti who have helped me improve so much in these last four years‰Û