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Alex Rins took his first race win in MotoGP at the Cuircuit of the Americas in AUstin Texas. It was also Suzuk’s first victory since the British GP in 2016.

The rider from Barcelona has won in Austin in all three classes. He did it on a Moto3 in 2013, then in 2016 he repeated the feat on a Moto2 and now, of course, he has won for SUzuki in MotoGP.

Second across the line was Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha. The forty-year-old repeated his best result at the circuit from 2017 finishing 0.462 seconds behind the race winner.

Completing the podium was the Ducati of Jack Miller. He finsihed just shy of 8 seconds further back and just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso in fourth.

It was a disastrous day for Honda. Cal Crutchlow crashed out with 15 laps to go whilst pushing Rossi hard for second place. Marc Marquez then fell three laps later. The current MotoGP World Champion was leading the race by three seconds when he made a mistake at turn 12. Then Jorge Lorenzo suffered another mechanical issue. It had been the chain in qualifying and then a further problem with nine laps of the race to go.

With Marquez crashing our Rossi inherited the lead. The veteran hadn’t won a race since the round at Assen 2017. He hadn’t won in the US since 2008 when the race was at Indianapolis. Rins never let him get away and biding his time to make a move on Rossi.

It came with four laps remaining. Although Rossi tried a couple of times to re-take the lead. he was always having to run into the corners too hot and immediately Rins was back out in front.

The number 42 held on and took his first win in the MotoGP class.

Maverick Viñales and Joan Mir both received a ride-through penalty for a a jump start that compromised their races. Mir finished 17th whilst Viñales managed to recover to 11th at the flag, despite also making a long lap when he misunderstood his penalty.

Pol Esparagro got the KTM Factory Racing bike into the top ten as he came across the line in ninth.

MotoGP CoTA 2019 Race Result

Pos. Rider Bike Time/Gap Points
1 Alex RINS Suzuki 41’45.499 25
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +0.462 20
3 Jack MILLER Ducati +8.454 16
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +9.420 13
5 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +18.021 11
6 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +21.476 10
7 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +26.111 9
8 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +29.743 8
9 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati +30.608 7
10 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +31.011 6
11 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +34.077 5
12 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia +34.779 4
13 Johann ZARCO KTM +42.458 3
14 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +44.272 2
15 Tito RABAT Ducati +44.623 1

MotoGP Championship standings

Pos.RiderBikePoints
1Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati
54
2Valentino ROSSIYamaha51
3Alex RINSSuzuki49
4Marc MARQUEZHonda45
5Danilo PETRUCCIDucati30
6Jack MILLERDucati29
7Takaaki NAKAGAMIHonda22
8Cal CRUTCHLOWHonda19
9Pol ESPARGAROKTM18
10Fabio QUARTARAROYamaha17