AmericasGP: Alex Rins takes maiden MotoGP win as Marquez crashes

The scene was set for a 7th Marc Marquez win around the Circuit Of The Americas after claiming his 7th pole position in Texas, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow.

Marc Marquez got the holeshot on the run up into the tight nasty hairpin with Italain Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow holding their positions after the first sector.

During the early opening laps, Marc Marquez was escaping with Valentino Rossi also opening a small gap on LCR rider Cal Crutchlow. Once Marquez got into his rhythm the Spaniard started opening 0.5s a lap on Rossi who looked to be falling back into the clutches of Cal Crutchlow who was keen to pass The Doctor and try to catch his fellow Honda rider. However, on lap 4 the Brit ran into turn 11 too hot and locked the front, slapping Crutchlow down on the tarmac, ending his race.

It was a disaster start to the race for other Monster Energy Rider Maverick Vinales who he and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir who jumped the start in a similar way to Cal Crutchlow in Argentina.

Aleix Espargaro was another early faller sliding off his Aprilia at turn 13/14, crashing out of a top 10 position onboard the RS-GP.

Back at the front and Marquez had opened up a lead of 3 seconds over Valentino Rossi but as the Repsol Honda rider ran slightly wide into turn 12, crashing out of the American Grand Prix, gifting Valentino Rossi the lead.



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Valentino Rossi then was lead to lead the American Grand Prix with Rins and Miller completing the top 3, a good start for Morbidelli who sat in Fourth whilst Andrea Dovizioso fought from 13th on the grid to complete the top 5 at the midway point of the race. Maverick Vinales fought his way back up to the points-paying positions after carrying out his ride through penalty.

Repsol Honda’s nightmares continued with Jorge Lorenzo who had a technical issue, that both himself and HRC have kept quiet. That was Lorenzo’s 2nd, Honda’s 3rd in 2 weekends, technical issue of the weekend after the Spaniard chain slipped off during Q2.

Valentino Rossi’s lead over Rins had been cut down to under one second, with the Spaniard aiming for his first ever win in the premier class. Rins then closed down the gap to under 0.5s and with 4 laps to go made the dive up the inside of the 9X World Champion into turn 7, Rossi tried to fight back at turn 11 but overshot the Hairpin gifting Rins a few extra tenths.

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Alex Rins held off a last-lap charge from Valentino Rossi to pick up his first win in MotoGP, Suzuki’s first since Maverick Vinales at Silverstone in 2016 and has now won in Texas in every class. Jack Miller road home to 3rd with Andrea Dovizioso passing Morbidelli for fourth and fifth positions. Danilo Petrucci came home for his third 6th place finish of the season.

Fabio Quartararo finished 7th onboard his Petronas Yamaha with Pol Espargaro, Bagnaia and Nakagami completing the top 10. Maverick Vinales came back for 11th picking up 5 championship points with Andrea Iannone picking up his first points of the year. Zarco finished 13th with Oliviera and Rabat rounding out the top 15.

Andrea Dovizioso heads back to Europe still the Championship leader with Valentino Rossi 3 points behind his fellow Italian, as they prepare to battle once again at Jerez on 5th May.

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