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6 days ago
By Nick Harris

Can Dovi play cricket?

Take heart all opponents, the seemingly unbeatable can be beaten – just ask Dovizioso

The likes of Marc Marquez, Steve Smith, Lionel Messi, Lewis Hamilton and Roger Federer are not quite untouchable. Although, as Dovi showed in the amazing race in Austria on Sunday, you have to produce something so very special to halt the juggernaut.

Marquez arrived at the Red Bull Ring in the form of his life, which is some form if you check out what he had already achieved. Ducati had won on the three previous clashes at the magnificently situated circuit which is the only battleground in the calendar that the Repsol Honda rider has not stood on the top step of the podium. Typically it was something he wanted to rectify and complete the full house.

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Qualifying had that familiar feel. Marquez on pole as he chased his seventh win of the season to increase that seemingly uncatchable lead in the Championship. It was his 59th pole position in the premier class making him the most successful of all time, overtaking five times 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan. He made a great start from pole in the race but from the very first corner it was apparent this was going to be a different story as Dovi shoved the Ducati up the inside and did it again at the top of the hill. He was not going to let Marquez get away at the front and it was pretty obvious it was going to come down to the last couple of laps and probably the last corner where Dovi had come out on top against Marc a couple of years ago in a memorable finale. This was even better, Dovi coming from behind to do a Marquez on Marquez for a crucial win for him, Ducati and the Championship.

MotoGP™ could never be accused of being stale but it needed a race like this to fire up the flame. It also gave heart to those defenders trying to stop Messi scoring more goals, Formula One drivers fighting to prevent Hamilton win another world title and tennis players trying to return the Federer serve.

The biggest question mark is can Dovi repeat the dose and do it again at Silverstone at the next round at the flat super-fast and re-surfaced Silverstone circuit. In the meantime, I wonder if Dovi can play cricket. England is gripped in Ashes fever at the moment. The second test match in the fiercely contested battle between old enemies England and Australia starts at Lords in London on Wednesday. Australia won the first match with their batsman Steve Smith scoring runs for fun and destroying England. The media headlines blasted out for the days that followed about how he was impossible to get out – what are you doing on Wednesday Dovi and any chance you becoming an honourable Englishman for the week?

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