Marquez converted his pole position into a lead at the start, but the reigning champion had no answer to the straightline speed of Jorge Lorenzo’s Ducati.
It was Ducati’s second straight victory on the Red Bull Ring since the Austrian GP returned to the calendar a year ago.
Dovizioso, who was second in Austria to his then team-mate Andrea Iannone past year, took advantage of the battle between Marquez and Lorenzo to snatch the lead. To put this into perspective, the Circuit Record Lap set last season by Iannone (then Ducati Team) last season was a 1:24.561. Dovi qualified 0.144 of a second behind, and Lorenzo 0.386 back.
Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales produced a late recovery to climb up to fourth on the grid, with Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci rounding out the top five.
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi grabbed the seventh spot, 0.003s ahead of Honda’s Dani Pedrosa who had to go through Q1 to get to the main qualifying session. Taking the final third-row spot was LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who was penalized a fast lap due to exceeding track limits.
Six-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi on Yamaha posted the seventh fastest time, while last year’s victor, Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone, was 10th.
Andrea Iannone’s number one Ecstar Suzuki blew up in free practice four so he rode his second GSX-RR to tenth place with Karel Abraham, again firmly in the Caravan Club early doors behind Rossi, but bagging a 1’24.220 on his own to claim 11th with Loris Baz 12th.