Sports "Not easy": Alex Rins holds his own against Alex Marquez

20:15  18 october  2020
20:15  18 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Alex Rins ist der achte Sieger in zehn MotoGP-Rennen 2020 © Motorsport Images Alex Rins is the eighth winner in ten MotoGP races in 2020

With his victory at the Aragon Grand Prix, Suzuki driver Alex Rins has won made the extremely varied MotoGP season 2020 the eighth different winner in ten races. He laid the foundation stone for this directly on the first few meters.

Because having started from tenth on the grid, Rins turned into the first corner in fifth place after a perfect start. At the end of the first lap he was fourth. He then overtook the three Yamaha riders Franco Morbidelli, Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales, one after the other, to take the lead on lap eight. And he defended this until crossing the finish line after 23 laps.

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Alex Rins, Alex Marquez © Motorsport Images Alex Rins, Alex Marquez

In contrast to Rins' two previous MotoGP victories (Austin 2019 and Silverstone 2019), the one in Motorland Aragon 2020 came about after a long lead. In the closing stages it was he who had to defend instead of attacking. And the one on his neck was a surprise: MotoGP rookie Alex Marquez on the factory Honda.

Alex Rins, Joan Mir © Motorsport Images Alex Rins, Joan Mir Rins' first win as defender

"I knew Joan Mir was behind me for laps and tried to overtake me, but then suddenly I saw Marquez on the pit board that he was shown 0.4 on me. Then I just thought 'Wow, another one!' From then on it was not easy to stay calm and not make any mistakes, "admits Rins, but is pleased that he managed to save 0.263 seconds ahead of the finish, not least due to a violent slide by Marquez in the third from last lap.

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"That was my first victory that I clinched from the front. The other two were close fights against Valentino and Marc", says Rins about his duels with Valentino Rossi in Austin 2019 and Marc Marquez in Silverstone 2019. "This time it was a bit more difficult. Because when you're the one who sets the pace, mistakes can happen quickly. Tire management wasn't easy either. But we made it and I'm naturally happy about that."

On the one hand, Rins dedicates his first win of the season 2020, which is a home win for him, to his supporters. At the same time, however, he also thinks of everyone affected by the coronavirus: "Of course, I would love to celebrate this victory with all the fans. But because of the situation, it is well known that this is not possible. I would like to dedicate this victory to everyone affected by COVID."

Season with ups and downs: World Championship title will be "pretty difficult"

The 2020 season has been an ups and downs for Rins so far. In July in Jerez, it began with a serious fall in the first qualifying of the season. Rins suffered several races from the shoulder injury he sustained after he had not been able to contest the first one. In Spielberg 1 and Le Mans he awarded valuable points by falling on the podium. Now he has achieved his first win of the season.

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"So far this year I have found it difficult to finish in first place for various reasons," remarks Rins and notes: "The potential was undoubtedly there in many races, but something always came up. That it was has now finally worked out, I'm very happy. It wasn't an easy race. "

In the 2020 MotoGP overall standings , Rins made it into the top 10 with his first win of the season. Four races before the end of the season he is "only" in seventh place. However, he is only 36 points short of his Suzuki team-mate Joan Mir, who is now leading in the overall standings. And as unpredictable as the season has been so far, Rins knows that all is not lost on paper. Does he even think of the title?

"We're going to do the whole thing race by race now," says Rins, noting: "That I'll be world champion this year should be pretty difficult. Because Joan is very fast and also very consistent. That's why I only watch from races to race and will try to do my best. In any case, I have no pressure. "

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