The Spanish pilot Álex Rins prevailed this Sunday in the Grand Prix of the Americas, third round of the World Cup, to celebrate his first victory with Honda and the fourth of his career in Austin, an idyll that could with a day of falls and surprises.
Rins gave joy to the Japanese brand, the only one to finish the GP, in a season that points again to complicated. Honda’s first victory since 2021, Misano with Marc Márquez, being 2018 the last of a satellite, left a great performance by Rins. The World Championship continues to be led by Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) with 64 points, ahead of a Bagnaia back on the ground (53) and Rins (47).
The Catalan squeezed the world champion, a Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) who, after winning the sprint on Saturday, went for the World Championship lead. However, with 13 laps to go, the italian failed again, as in Argentina, and ended up on the ground. Rins kept his head and did not let go to sign his sixth victory in MotoGP and the eighteenth in total.
With the pilots at the limit, COTA left crashes of all colors, with nine dropouts. In the first round, three Spaniards were left out: Alex Marquez (Ducati) and a Jorge Martin (Ducati) who took his compatriot plus a few laps later Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia). The Repsol Hondas were not spared from crashes, from Joan Mir and a Stefan Bradl who replaced Marc Márquez.
With Bagnaia out of action and shortly before the crash of a Jack Miller (KTM) who was in third place, the victory was left on a platter for Rins. Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) had to settle for being third, although he celebrated his first podium of the season, and continuing with the surprises, the Italian Luca Marini (Ducati) got on the drawer for the first time in MotoGP.
Marco Bezzecchi 64 points.
Francesco Bagnaia 53 pts.
alex rins 47 pts.
Maverick Vinales Four. Five pts.
Johann Zarco 44 pts.
Luca Marini 38 pts.
Fabio Quartararo 3. 4 pts.
Alex Marquez 33 pts.
Brad Binder 30 pts.
Jorge Martin 29 pts.