MotoGP: Resilient Iannone ends Ducati's victory drought
October 17, 2010\: Casey Stoner picks up a win at Phillip Island. It's his final victory astride a Ducati. On the same day, Andrea Iannone finishes third in the Moto2 race.At that point, neither Ducati nor Iannone would've thought they'd have to wait five years, nine months and 29 days for a premier class victory.Ever since the Ducatis shone at the mid-season test held in Austria, expectations were high. The Red Bull Ring is clearly a track better suited to the GP16, and many expected to see a Ducati rider on the top step at the end of the Austrian GP.As it turned out, it was indeed a Ducati rider on the top step. It was Iannone.We've known the GP16 could, in the right hands, be a race-winning machine, but it was only today that it showed what it can really do.Iannone -- carrying a rib injury from a motocross accident -- and Dovizioso were strong in the Practice sessions, picked up two spots on the front row in Qualifying, and Iannone got off to a flyer in the race. Such was the dominance of the Desmosedici, there was only one lap on which a bike other than the Duc led\: it was Valentino Rossi's M1, and it was the opening lap.It was a small miracle that the factory Yamahas were able to stay with the GP16s for so long, because the Ducatis really were in a class of their own, today. On what is now the fastest track on the MotoGP calendar, Iannone and Dovizioso were absolutely flying, leaving the M1s for dead on the straights. Dovi led the race for a good 10 laps, with Iannone right behind him (which may have been slightly uncomfortable... don't you remember what happened in Argentina?)A Ducati win seemed likely, but not from Iannone, simply because he'd gambled on the softer compound tyres, and no one expected them to hold up well over race distance. But there were no issues. If anything, Iannone only got quicker as the race progressed, and drilled in his fastest time on Lap 24 -- four laps from the finish. He'd squeezed past Dovi four laps before that, and stayed there till the end.The drought was over. Ducati Corse's efforts had borne fruit. Today's result was its first 1-2 in nearly a decade.'?The bike was perfect, I was braking better than Andrea, but I didn't have the same grip on the right side especially at the end of the race. Not because of the drop [wear] but because the grip was less. I pushed really hard at the end, to try to be close on braking to overtake him, but I couldn't stay very close. Im very disappointed about that', said Dovi, clearly miffed at having lost an opportunity to double his premier class victory count.Further back, Jorge Lorenzo -- reeling from three disastrous results -- pipped Rossi to the finish to take third, a result he was pretty happy with.'The last three races were a black period. Not so many points and a lot of bad feeling. Finally a good weekend, good qualifying, good race. At the beginning Iannone was not as fast I expected, but instead of going slower he got faster and faster with the soft tyres. So that was a big surprise. We were not so far as we expected, that is a good sign, because this track was better for them', concluded Lorenzo.Championship leader Marc Marquez could only finish fifth, but he'll be more than satisfied with it, for it could've been much worse\: his crash in FP3 only dislocated his shoulder, and to be able to race and limit the damage was all MM93 could've asked for. His c'ship lead has been cut by five points, but he still leads by 43. The Yamaha men will hope for more victories (and some more luck) if they are to draw level with Marquez.Next up is Brno, in a week's time.