Lorenzo staves off Marquez challenge to win Austrian GP

Motorcycling - MotoGP - Austrian Grand Prix - Red Bull Ring, Speilberg, Austria - August 12, 2018 Ducati Team's Jorge Lorenzo celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

(Reuters) - Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo won an Austrian Grand Prix thriller on Sunday, 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 0.130 seconds 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-times 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 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.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Christian Radnedge