MotoGP: Alex Rins Holds Off Alex Marquez to Win Aragon Grnad Prix

Tanya Simon
October 19, 2020

This is despite a third place finish in Jerez at the Andalucia Grand Prix last July.

"Of course for the next race (at Aragon) I want to get the best result as possible and try to lose as little points as possible to my contenders, I have no pressure as they are factory riders with a factory team and because I'm independent I have no pressure to win the title".

Mir's long run pace in FP4 on used soft rubber was comparable to the leading Yamaha duo of poleman Fabio Quartararo and second-placed Maverick Vinales. "I'm happy to be on the podium". It was a tough morning, following my tough morning yesterday (Friday). "I could do better, it wasn't flawless but I can be happy with pole".

MotoGP fan favourite Valentino Rossi has tested positive for Covid-19. "So, it's good for the next races". We need to work more.

Qualifying has been Suzuki's biggest issue in 2020, with Mir only qualifying on the second row twice (although he inherited a front row slot in the Styrian GP owing to a penalty for Johann Zarco) prior to Aragon.

Quartararo insisted he wasn't anxious about losing the championship lead to chief rival Mir, declaring that he has "no pressure to win the title" as an independent racer. But he was lucky to escape serious injury after a heart-stopping high speed crash towards the end of yesterday's third free practice session.

Quartararo, who qualified his Yamaha in first after visiting the track's medical center Saturday, had entered the race with a 10-point lead on Mir. Flung over his twisting machine he hit the track hard, sliding tens of metres before finally coming to a rest in the safety gravel.

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"We have checked with the Italian health authorities and we have been advised that any member of our team that was in contact with Valentino up until Monday is excluded from direct risk", added Jarvis. "He has pain in the hip, but Xrays confirmed that nothing is broken".

Quartararo leads Mir by 10 points in the standings, with Vinales a further nine adrift, and the Petronas SRT rider feels these two are now stronger than him.

Soft tyres proved advantageous to Vinales as he built a 0.7s margin over Quartararo, as Rins produced a stunning opening lap to be fourth behind Morbidelli after starting 10th. Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda) +0.263s 3.

Front row: 1. Sam Lowes (GBR/Kalex), 2. Celestino Vietti (ITA/KTM), 3. Jorge Martin (ESP/Kalex), 9.

Second row: 4. Alonso Lopez (ESP/Husqvarna), 5.

Third row: 7. Carlos Tatay (ESP/KTM), 8.

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