Ducati has achieved the elusive MotoGP victory post the Casey Stoner era. Andrea Iannone is the Factory Ducati rider to end the victory drought. This is Ducati's very first win since 2010, which was achieved by Casey Stoner on a completely different machine.
The 2016 MotoGP season began with a lot of hope that Ducati would end its victory-less run this year. Many thought that the Italian outfit would achieve this feat rather early, however, they had to wait a long time. Both Factory Ducati riders dominated all sessions at the Austrian GP.
In reality, the Austrian GP was decided and all other riders were riding to secure third place. Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso dominated the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Yamaha riders were close, however, never looked menacing enough to challenge the superior pace of the Ducati.
Andrea Iannone took a gamble with his tyre selection for the main race. He was the only rider on the grid to opt for the softer option tyres from Michelin. Every other rider selected the harder option tyres available from Michelin, which was supposed to be superior at the Austrian GP.
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo maintained their distance, however, were unable to challenge for the race victory. The Factory Yamaha duo settled down in third and fourth positions. Lorenzo was ecstatic to defeat Rossi and increase his lead over teammate and rival.