MotoGP: Alex Rins fends off Alex Marquez to win Aragon GP

MotoGP: Alex Rins fends off Alex Marquez to win Aragon GP

19th Oct 2020 8:22 pm

Alex Marquez finished 2nd, while Joan Mir moved into the championship lead after a 3rd-place result.

Alex Rins, of Team Suzuki Ecstar, put up an unexpectedly brilliant performance to clinch his first victory of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship.

  • Joan Mir leads the MotoGP championship 

  • Alex Marquez finished 2nd, just 0.2sec behind

  • Disastrous race for polesitter Fabio Quartararo 

Alex Rins nails Aragon GP start

As the lights went out, Alex Rins made a brilliant start from 10th on the grid, managing to overtake a bunch of riders in the opening set of corners. He went up to 4th on the opening lap itself, and soon set his sights on the Yamahas of Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo.

Capitalising on Yamaha's problems 

With each passing lap, it became clear that Fabio Quartararo was struggling for grip in the early stages of the race. And Rins was right there to capitalise on his issues. With Quartararo behind him, Rins began steadily chopping the gap to race leader Maverick Vinales. A few laps later, Maverick too was finding it difficult to lay down the power of his YZR-M1, owing to tyre troubles. In one swift move, Alex Rins overtook Vinales on Lap 8 to move into the lead of the race and from then on, he was cruising comfortably until the last few laps.

Marquez attack 

Aragon and the Marquez name appear to have a powerful connection, as Alex Marquez seemed to be riding in his element. The Spaniard pulled some brilliant moves on the inside of his competitors, with a renewed faith in his Repsol Honda machine. In fact, he was so good that, at one point, he looked close enough to snatch the victory from Rins. That said, tyre life in the closing stages was a worry for Marquez and Rins, with both riders struggling for grip. The ever-smooth Rins, however, had everything under control and managed to fend off the challenge from Marquez, who crossed the line a mere 0.2sec behind.

Joan Mir leads MotoGP championship   

While Alex Rins' victory was one cause for joy in the Suzuki camp, Joan Mir's 3rd place finish was the other. Mir leads the 2020 MotoGP World Championship, with 121 points. This is the first time that a Suzuki rider is leading a MotoGP championship after  Kenny Roberts Jr did in 2000. 

Quartararo, who had a weekend to forget, is 2nd in the championship with 115 points, while Vinales is third with 109 points in his kitty. With four races to go, the championship is surely going to go down to the wire.

The next round of the 2020 MotoGP world championship will be held at Motorland Aragon on October 25, 2020.

 2020 Aragon GP results

POS

RIDER

TEAM

BIKE

GAP

1

Alex Rins

Suzuki

Suzuki

41m54.391s

2

Alex Marquez

Honda

Honda

0.263s

3

Joan Mir

Suzuki

Suzuki

2.644s

4

Maverick Vinales

Yamaha

Yamaha

2.880s

5

Takaaki Nakagami

LCR Honda

Honda

4.570s

6

Franco Morbidelli

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha

4.756s

7

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

Ducati

8.639s

8

Cal Crutchlow

LCR Honda

Honda

8.913s

9

Jack Miller

Pramac Ducati

Ducati

9.390s

10

Johann Zarco

Avintia Ducati

Ducati

9.617s

11

Brad Binder

KTM

KTM

13.200s

12

Pol Espargaro

KTM

KTM

13.689s

13

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia

Aprilia

14.598s

14

Iker Lecuona

Tech3 KTM

KTM

15.291s

15

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati

Ducati

15.941s

16

Miguel Oliveira

Tech3 KTM

KTM

18.284s

17

Stefan Bradl

Honda

Honda

20.136s

18

Fabio Quartararo

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha

21.498s

19

Bradley Smith

Aprilia

Aprilia

25.300s

20

Tito Rabat

Avintia Ducati

Ducati

25.558s

-

Francesco Bagnaia

Pramac Ducati

Ducati

Retirement

 

Also see:

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