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Unexpected Victory: Alex Rins Seizes First Win for Honda at Americas Grand Prix



Alex Rins Americas GP 2023 MOTOGP

In an astonishing display of skill and determination, Alex Rins seized his first win for Honda at the Americas Grand Prix, defying all expectations. As pole-sitter Francesco Bagnaia succumbed to a second consecutive crash, Rins rose to the challenge and showcased his prowess on the track.

In a surprising turn of events, Alex Rins secured his first victory for Honda at the Americas Grand Prix after pole-sitter Francesco Bagnaia crashed for the second consecutive GP.

Rins began the race powerfully, attempting to overtake Bagnaia with his RC213-V but ultimately settling in behind the leading Ducati rider.

Throughout the opening stages of the race at the Circuit of the Americas, Rins maintained close proximity to Bagnaia, who appeared to be in control as the race approached its midpoint.

Unfortunately, Bagnaia experienced a second consecutive misfortune when he lost control of his Desmosedici at Turn 2, resulting in another zero-point finish and allowing Rins to assume the lead.

Following Bagnaia’s exit, Fabio Quartararo emerged as Rins’ primary challenger. However, the Yamaha rider eventually succumbed to the aggressive pursuit of Luca Marini, who was seeking his first premier class victory with his VR46 Ducati.

Rins effortlessly claimed his sixth career victory in the series, crossing the finish line 2.7 seconds ahead of Marini, who achieved his first-ever full-length MotoGP race podium. This win marked Rins’ dominance in just his third grand prix after transitioning from Suzuki to Honda at the beginning of 2023.


Quartararo finished in third place, securing his and Yamaha’s first podium of the year after falling behind the top two racers in the final laps. Maverick Vinales managed to recover from yet another poor start, finishing fourth a few seconds later.

Miguel Oliveira made an impressive comeback following his injury at the Portuguese GP, rounding out the top five for RNF Aprilia after overtaking Argentinean GP winner Marco Bezzecchi in the final laps.

Johann Zarco finished seventh on the only remaining Pramac Ducati, as his teammate Jorge Martin lost control of his bike at Turn 5 during the opening lap, taking out an unsuspecting Alex Marquez. Franco Morbidelli secured his second consecutive top-ten finish on his Yamaha, claiming eighth place.

Fabio Di Gianantonio finished ninth on his Gresini-run Ducati, while Augusto Fernandez earned his first-ever premier class top-ten finish.

In a race marked by attrition, only 13 riders completed the event. Michele Pirro and Jonas Folger were the only other two riders who didn’t crash during the race, while 13th-place finisher Brad Binder managed to rejoin the race after falling off his KTM at Turn 15.

Binder’s teammate, Jack Miller, crashed at Turn 7 while running strongly in third, and Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilia met a similar fate early on at Turn 12.

The remaining Honda riders – factory team members Joan Mir and Stefan Bradl, along with LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami – also crashed during the race, as did Raul Fernandez on the sister RNF Aprilia.


These are the results of round 3 of the 2023 world championship, which took place in Austin, Texas, at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The event was part of the MotoGP race series.

1Alex RinsSPALCR Honda (RC213V)41m 14.649s
2Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+3.498s
3Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+4.936s
4Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP23)+8.318s
5Miguel OliveiraPORRNF Aprilia (RS-GP22)+9.989s
6Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+12.049s
7Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+12.242s
8Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+20.399s
9Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP22)+27.981s
10Augusto FernandezSPATech3 GASGAS (RC16)*+28.217s
11Michele PirroITADucati Lenovo (GP23)+32.370s
12Jonas FolgerGERTech3 GASGAS (RC16)+68.065s
13Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+83.012s
Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)DNF
Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)DNF
Joan MirSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)DNF
Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP23)DNF
Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM (RC16)DNF
Raul FernandezSPARNF Aprilia (RS-GP22)DNF
Alex MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP22)DNF
Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP23)DNF
Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP23)DNF

The latest standings for the world championship have been updated following the conclusion of round 3 out of 21 in Austin, Texas, at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) during the Americas MotoGP on Sunday.

1Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)64
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP23)53(-11)
3Alex RinsSPALCR Honda (RC213V)47(-17)
4Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP23)45(-19)
5Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)44(-20)
6Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)38(-26)
7Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)34(-30)
8Alex MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP22)33(-31)
9Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)30(-34)
10Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)29(-35)
11Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP23)29(-35)
12Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM (RC16)26(-38)
13Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP23)18(-46)
14Miguel OliveiraPORRNF Aprilia (RS-GP22)16(-48)
15Augusto FernandezSPATech3 GASGAS (RC16)*14(-50)
16Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP22)13(-51)
17Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)7(-57)
18Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)7(-57)
19Joan MirSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)5(-59)
20Michele PirroITADucati Lenovo (GP23)

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