2019 Austin MotoGP: Rins holds off Rossi to take his maiden MotoGP win

    Marquez drops to 4th in the championship standings after crashing out of the lead.

    Published On Apr 15, 2019 06:52:00 PM

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    Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins took a surprising win at the Circuit of the Americas, defeating Rossi to score his first-ever premiere class victory, and Suzuki’s first MotoGP victory since the 2016 British GP.

    It may have been just the third race of the 2019 season, but the Grand Prix of the Americas could go down as a big turning point this season, with reigning champion Marc Marquez crashing out of the lead of the race – a costly error that sees him fall from the top of the championship standings to 4th. Going into the weekend, Marquez looked well on course to clinch his seventh consecutive win at the Circuit of the Americas. Starting from pole position, the Repsol Honda rider began to pull away from the rest of the pack, and by lap 9 his lead had extended to over 3.0sec. However, he suffered a lowside at turn 12 on the same lap, and was unable to rejoin the race.

    The incident handed Rossi the lead, with Alex Rins following closely behind. The Yamaha rider managed to hold off advances from Rins, but the latter managed to slip past with less than four laps to go. Rossi tried to retake the position, but never got close enough to successfully pull off a move.

    Eight seconds behind the lead pair was Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller who managed to hold off factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso. After starting from 13th on the grid, Dovizioso managed to pull off an impressive recovery to finish 4th, handing him enough points to now lead the championship.

    The teammates of the top two riders – Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales and Suzuki’s Joan Mir both – picked up ride-through penalties for jump starts, which relegated them down the order. Starting from 6th and 7th on the grid, respectively, both riders were strong contenders for a top-5 finish. Vinales managed to finish in 11th, despite mistakenly serving both the ‘Long Lap’ penalty in addition to the ride-through penalty.

    Marquez’s crash was not the only gaffe in Honda’s weekend. His teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, faced technical difficulties and was forced to retire while battling for a spot in the top 10. LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow started on the front row in 3rd place, but a crash on lap 5 brought his chances of a podium finish to an end. His teammate Taka Nakagami was the only Honda-powered rider to cross the finish line in 10th place.

    Results:

    POS

    RIDER

    TEAM

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Alex Rins

    Suzuki

    20

    41m45.499s

    2

    Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha

    20

    0.462s

    3

    Jack Miller

    Pramac Ducati

    20

    8.454s

    4

    Andrea Dovizioso

    Ducati

    20

    9.420s

    5

    Franco Morbidelli

    Petronas Yamaha

    20

    18.021s

    6

    Danilo Petrucci

    Ducati

    20

    21.476s

    7

    Fabio Quartararo

    Petronas Yamaha

    20

    26.111s

    8

    Pol Espargaro

    KTM

    20

    29.743s

    9

    Francesco Bagnaia

    Pramac Ducati

    20

    30.608s

    10

    Takaaki Nakagami

    LCR Honda

    20

    31.011s

    11

    Maverick Vinales

    Yamaha

    20

    34.077s

    12

    Andrea Iannone

    Aprilia

    20

    34.779s

    13

    Johann Zarco

    KTM

    20

    42.458s

    14

    Miguel Oliveira

    Tech3 KTM

    20

    44.272s

    15

    Tito Rabat

    Avintia Ducati

    20

    44.623s

    16

    Karel Abraham

    Avintia Ducati

    20

    44.740s

    17

    Joan Mir

    Suzuki

    20

    48.063s

    18

    Hafizh Syahrin

    Tech3 KTM

    20

    1m07.683s

    -

    Jorge Lorenzo

    Honda

    10

    Retirement

    -

    Marc Marquez

    Honda

    8

    Retirement

    -

    Cal Crutchlow

    LCR Honda

    5

    Retirement

    -

    Aleix Espargaro

    Aprilia

    5

    Retirement

     

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