The Spaniard won his first Moto GP Grand Prix riding his Suzuki in Austin.
The Spaniard Alex Marquez is no longer the undisputed "boss" of the Grand Prix of the Americas: after six consecutive victories in Austin, the reigning MotoGP World Champion has dropped and left the victory to his compatriot Alex Rins on Sunday. After six straight wins and seven consecutive pole positions since the race began in 2013, Marquez left the Circuit of the Americas for the first time without the imposing cowboy hat given to the winner and his two dolphins.
The Honda rider made a mistake in the 9th of the twenty rounds of the third race of the season, as he pranced ahead with three seconds ahead of his great rival, the Italian Valentino Rossi. Marquez, 26, tried to get up and leave, helped by a race commissioner, but he fell again while straightening his bike.
Unfortunately, he threw in the towel and put an end to an unbelievable series: since 2011 when he still played in Moto2, he had won all the races played on American soil in which he took part, in Austin, Indianapolis and Laguna Seca, twelve wins stamped "Made in USA".
The fall of Marquez could have benefited Rossi who never imposed himself in Austin, one of the three circuits that still refuse him. But the nine-time champion did not resist, on the handlebars of his Yamaha, the return of Rins. The Spanish driver Suzuki, who started 7th on the starting grid, took the lead three laps from the finish. He opened the door to Rossi with a small mistake in the penultimate round but the Italian got stuck in 2nd place.
Dovizioso new leader
"I am very frustrated because it was a good chance to win, but I tried and gave everything. Alex (Rins) was better than me. Even finishing well, I could not beat him, "Rossi said. If his last victory goes back almost two years (GP of the Netherlands 2017), an eternity for him, Rossi, 40 years old, has just taken two podiums in a row (2nd in Argentina) and is back in the race in the world title. "These are 20 important points for the title, the championship is very open," he said.
Marquez, reigning world champion, has indeed retrograded to fourth place overall, with 45 points, nine less than the new leader, the Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), 4th Sunday. Rossi is 2nd with 51 points and Rins 3rd (49 pts). The winner of the day did not sulk his pleasure.
"It's amazing, I exploded with happiness when I crossed the line," said Rins. "I started the race well, when I came back to Valentino a second, I thought I could beat him. I made a small mistake two laps before the finish, but I resisted and this is one of the most beautiful moments of my career, "said the Spaniard, already winner in Austin in Moto2 and Moto3 .