Austin MotoGP: Rins takes first win as Marquez crashes

Suzuki rider Alex Rins beat Valentino Rossi to score his first MotoGP win, ending Marc Marquez's unbeaten run at the Circuit of the Americas as the Spaniard crashed out of a healthy lead.

Austin MotoGP: Rins takes first win as Marquez crashes

Honda rider Marquez converted pole into an early lead, and looked well on course for a seventh consecutive win at the Austin track as he stretched his advantage in the early laps.

He had eased almost four seconds clear of Rossi's Yamaha in second when he suffered a low-side crash at the Turn 12 left-hander on lap nine of 20, ending his race.

Marquez's demise handed Rossi a slim lead over Rins, but the Italian was powerless to shake off the Suzuki rider, who managed to slip past on lap 17 at Turn 7 to take the lead.

Rossi tried to retaliate at Turn 12, but ran wide, and from then on he was never able to get close enough to mount another assault on Rins, who managed to hang on in the closing laps.

The Spaniard eventually crossed the line with just 0.462s in hand to score Suzuki's first premier class win since Maverick Vinales' 2016 triumph at Silverstone.

Some eight seconds behind the lead pair, Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller nursed fading soft tyres to claim third, marking his first podium finish since his 2016 Dutch TT win.

Andrea Dovizioso recovered to sixth on the opening lap from his lowly 13th grid slot, and managed to take fourth behind Miller, taking the lead of the championship in the process.

Franco Morbidelli took his first top-five finish for Petronas Yamaha, ahead of Danilo Petrucci on the second of the works Ducatis, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas) and KTM rider Pol Espargaro.

Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) rounded out the top 10.

A miserable day for Honda was compounded by an early crash at Cal Crutchlow at Turn 11, while he was running third behind Rossi, and a mechanical failure for Jorge Lorenzo.

Vinales suffered another race to forget, jumping the start and having to serve a ride-through penalty before recovering to 11th, ahead of Andrea Iannone (Aprilia) and Johann Zarco (KTM).

Rins' Suzuki teammate Joan Mir also picked up a penalty for the same infraction and ended up out of the points in 17th place.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) crashed on the second lap, marking the only non-Honda retirement of the race.

Race results:​

Cla # Rider Bike Gap
1 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki  
2 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.462
3 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 8.454
4 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 9.420
5 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 18.021
6 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 21.476
7 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 26.111
8 44 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 29.743
9 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 30.608
10 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 31.011
11 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 34.077
12 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 34.779
13 5 France Johann Zarco KTM 42.458
14 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 44.272
15 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 44.623
16 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 44.740
17 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 48.063
18 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin KTM 1'07.683
  99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Honda 10 Laps
  93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 12 Laps
  35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 15 Laps
  41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 15 Laps
shares
comments
Austin MotoGP: Marquez fastest in warm-up, Dovizioso second

Previous article

Austin MotoGP: Marquez fastest in warm-up, Dovizioso second

Next article

Rossi: Rins was “better than me” in Austin showdown

Rossi: Rins was “better than me” in Austin showdown
Load comments
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Prime

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Motorsport.com pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on.

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Prime

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result Prime

Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021