EUROPEAN MOTOGP : MIR LEADS SUZUKI 1-2
Race results from the 2020 European MotoGP at Valencia, round 12 of 14.
Mir takes his first MotoGP race victory and puts one hand on the 2020 title in the European GP at Valencia.
Joan Mir placed one hand on the MotoGP championship trophy with a commanding first ever premier class victory in the European Grand Prix at Valencia.
The Suzuki pilot moved ahead of Johann Zarco at the start into fourth, before swiftly passing Takaaki Nakagami to take third.
The Spaniard went into second ahead of Pol Espargaro’s KTM a few tours later, following team-mate Alex Rins who had snatched the lead away from Espargaro on lap two.
POS RIDER NAT TEAM TIME/DIFF 1 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 37.297s 2 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.651s 3 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +1.203s 4 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +2.194s 5 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) +8.046s 6 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP20) +8.755s 7 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16)* +10.137s 8 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP20) +10.801s 9 Johann Zarco FRA Reale Avintia (GP19) +11.550s 10 Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team (GP20) +16.803s 11 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +17.617s 12 Stefan Bradl GER Repsol Honda (RC213V) +24.350s 13 Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +25.403s 14 Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +39.639s Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF Alex Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)* DNF Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia (GP19) DNF Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (GP20) DNF Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) DNF Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Mir followed Rins for the bulk of the race after moving into the runners-up position, though the leading GSX-RR’s couldn’t shake off the KTM across the remainder of the distance.
Mir-looking to finally banish the ghost of potentially securing the riders title without a win-took advantage of a mistake from Rins after he ran wide at Turn 8 with just ten laps to go, the 2017 Moto3 world champion immediately beginning to edge away.
He would ultimately continue to control his lead right until the chequered flag, taking his first win since ’17 just 0.651 ahead of Rins to secure Suzuki’s first 1-2 result of the season.
Espargaro looked to threaten Rins across the closing laps, though lacked the last bit of speed needed to seriously attack the three-time MotoGP winner and had to settle for third.
Nakagami utilised his customary late-race performance to close in on Espargaro and Rins in the closing stages, but was forced to make do with fourth after just running out of time.
Shadowing Espargaro early on, Miguel Oliveira ultimately faded towards the end towards the pursuing Pramac Ducati of Jack Miller, though the Tech 3 racer held on to complete the top five ahead of the Aussie.
Brad Binder staged an impressive comeback to bag seventh on the second factory KTM despite receiving an early long-lap penalty, passing Andrea Dovizioso at the death to take the position.
Zarco faded to ninth by the flag after running solidly in the top five in the opening laps, while Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten on the second factory Desmosedici.
Yamaha’s bad weekend got even worse as the European GP progressed, its highest representative being Franco Morbidelli in a lowly 11th after struggling for speed throughout the 27-lap encounter.
The Petronas SRT man crossed the line nearly 20 seconds behind Mir, though he at least fared better than his fellow M1 brethren.
Maverick Vinales could only recover to 13th after starting form pit-lane due to having to take a sixth engine of the year, while Fabio Quartararo crashed on the opening lap and could only fight back to take a couple of points for 14th as the last classified finisher.
Valentino Rossi meanwhile suffered an early exit after his Yamaha spluttered to a halt after only a handful of laps, potentially bringing yet more engine woes for the manufacturer.
Alex Rins lost out on another top ten finish meanwhile after crashing out shortly after being passed by Dovizioso with just three tours remaining, the factory Honda racer touching a damp patch on the inside at Turn 1 and losing the front of his RC213-V as a result.
Mir’s impressive victory means he holds a formidable 37 point championship lead over team-mate Rins and Quartararo with just two rounds left, meaning he has a good opportunity to secure the title a round early in next weekend’s second outing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
Rins’ runner-up result lifted him four places from sixth to third in the standings, now on exactly the same points as Quartararo.
Vinales remains in mathematical title contention 41 points behind on fourth, with Dovizioso and Morbidelli also joint on points now 42 down on Mir.
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