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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Jorge Lorenzo can lead Ducati's charge at Red Bull Ring

Marquez may struggle to convert pole position into victory

Jorge Lorenzo acknowledges the crowd after the Czech Grand Prix
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Austrian Grand Prix
BT Sport 2, 1pm Sunday

Marc Marquez snatched pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix by just 0.002 seconds but the Spanish marvel faces a huge task keeping the works Ducatis behind him during the race.

The red machines stormed to a one-two finish in the Czech Republic last week, with Andrea Dovizioso taking his second win of the year.

The Italian will be confident of repeating last year's victory at the Red Bull Ring despite being edged out in qualifying. He is favourite to do so but his teammate Jorge Lorenzo may be the better bet.

Lorenzo is having a much better season having finally clicked with his Ducati, although he is off to join his fellow Spaniard Marquez at Honda next season.

Lorenzo starts on the outside of the front row having qualified just 0.1 seconds off the pace, but with his tendency to make superb starts the three-time champion will be aiming to lead around the first corner.

Lorenzo has won twice this year, in Italy and Catalonia, and he pushed Dovizioso all the way to the line at Brno last time.

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Marquez won't give up without a fight, but it may be significant that on his qualifying laps the Honda rider was fastest towards the end of the lap, while the better overtaking opportunities are to be found in the first half of the circuit.

Yamaha, without a win in more than a year, look to be struggling with Johann Zarco the fastest of their riders in sixth place.

Valentino Rossi can never be counted out no matter where he starts on the grid, but the Doctor has it all to do from 14th at a circuit where his bike just doesn't look to be working.

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With his tendency to make superb starts the three-time champion will be aiming to lead around the first corner
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