Alex Rins
Alex Rins (Michelin photo)

Rins Nips Marquez Down Under

Alex Rins seized victory in Sunday’s Animoca Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

Not only did the Spaniard perhaps give Team Suzuki Ecstar one last win before the Hamamatsu marque departs at season’s end, a crash for Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) gifted the World Championship leader to Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) with just two races left.

Bagnaia led a topsy-turvy encounter at the start of the final lap only to be passed by both Rins and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), the latter of whom scored a 100th MotoGP™ podium by finishing second at Phillip Island.

Marco Bezzecchi got home fourth and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™), who had started only 15th, took fifth

In the world championship, Bagnaia now leads by 14 points over Quartararo, with Aleix Espargaro another 13 back and Bastianini also still in contention at 42 points off the pace.