October 18, 2020
On Sunday, Suzuki driver Alex Rins entered the list of winners at the first of two World Championship races in Aragon. In ten Moto GP races this season, there have already been eight different triumphs. Rins prevailed over his Spanish compatriots Alex Marquez on Honda and Joan Mir on Suzuki. Fabio Quartararo, who started from pole position, remained without points and handed over the championship lead to Mir. The best KTM rider was Brad Binder (11th).
Rins drove a tactically smart race, after a very good start he was gentle on the tires and took time to overtake. “The win is for the audience who couldn’t come, for the team and the family,” said Rins. Marquez prevented a Suzuki one-two with a strong race. “I wouldn’t have thought that from eleventh place. We definitely have to improve our qualifying ”, he resolved for next week.
With third place, Mir took the World Championship lead from Quartararo. The Frenchman (Yamaha) finished 18th without points. Incidentally, he is the only one who has won more than once this season, he holds three successes. There wasn’t much to cheer for KTM on Sunday either, Binder (South Africa) finished eleventh, Pol Espargaro twelfth. In the World Cup, Mir is sixth ahead of Quartararo with 121 points, Pol Espargaro is ninth.
Valentino Rossi had to pass the Grand Prix because of a positive coronavirus test. In the 115-time Grand Prix winner from Italy, the disease is not symptom-free, he wrote of a fever on social media. Defending champion Marc Marquez is still missing because of his shoulder injury.
In Moto2, the Briton Sam Lowes on Kalex prevailed ahead of his brand colleagues Enea Bastianini (ITA) and Jorge Martin (ESP). In Moto3, KTM driver Maximilian Kofler retired in 24th place with a highsider two laps to go. “In terms of speed, it was one of my best performances,” said the Austrian, nevertheless positive. First place went to the Spaniard Jaume Masia (Honda) in front of the two KTM riders Darryn Binder (RSA) and Raul Fernandez (ESP).
In a week’s time, the Teruel Grand Prix is another World Championship round, also on the Alcaniz track in “MotorLand Aragon”.