Alex Rins became the eighth different race-winner in 2020 as he claimed Suzuki’s first Grand Prix win in 2020 at the Aragon MotoGP on Sunday 18 October.

Rins wins from tenth on the grid 

Franco Morbidelli stormed into the lead at turn one but ran wide and couldn’t hold onto first as Maverick Vinales got clear and started building a big lead.

World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo got locked into a duel with Morbidelli before he attempted to pull back in Vinales.

Pecco Bagnaia crashed out of the race on just the third lap as turn five caught him out while he was battling for 16th place.

MotoGP championship lead changes hands

Quartararo posted the fastest lap of the race but soon found himself pursued by Rins who was steadily making his way through the field on his Suzuki Ecstar after starting from tenth.

Rins passed the Frenchman and then latched onto Vinales and started to put pressure on the Spanish race leader.

Joan Mir was also closing on the Petronas Yamaha teammates Morbidelli and Quartararo who got caught up in their own duel and allowed the Suzuki rider to slip past them both in one fell swoop with 16 laps to go.

Shortly afterwards Rins got through on Vinales while Alex Marquez was making his way through the field on the Repsol Honda pushing Quartararo down into sixth place.

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On the tenth lap, Marquez took the second Petronas Yamaha rider Morbidelli to establish an all-Spanish top four.

Quartararo couldn’t find the pace to stay in contention and slipped down to seventh as the race reached the halfway mark.

Vinales slipped from second to fourth as he completed his 13th lap with Mir and Marquez slipping past him after a couple of errors.

An injured Quartararo kept sliding down the field, and he appeared to be battling just to stay on the track let alone stay in the points.

Marquez continued to lap fastest and kept up the pressure on the Suzuki pairing that led the race on lap 16 of 23.

Vinales was falling off the pace of the leading pack of three while Mir had his hands full trying to hold off the hard-charging Marquez, while Rins was comfortable in the lead.

With five laps to go Marquez got inside and passed Mir to change the race and put some pressure on Rins.

Mir began to fall off the back of Marquez’s Honda and looked to be happy to clinch a podium which would.

Marquez’s decision to race with medium front tires appeared to be a masterstroke as he showed greater control through the corners and continued to hassle Rins with just three laps to go.

With two laps to go Marquez went wide into turn one giving Rins a little relief from the rookies pestering. Marquez struggled to get close enough to Rins to make a move on the final lap.

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Marquez and Rins both rode out of their skins and entertained with a thrilling shootout between the former teammates.

Mir took third and claimed the world championship lead from the struggling Quartararo.

Aragon MotoGP results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 167.1 41’54.391
2 20 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 167.1 +0.263
3 16 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 167.0 +2.644
4 13 12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 166.9 +2.880
5 11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 166.8 +4.570
6 10 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 166.8 +4.756
7 9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 166.6 +8.639
8 8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 166.5 +8.913
9 7 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 166.5 +9.390
10 6 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 166.5 +9.617
11 5 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 166.3 +13.200
12 4 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 166.2 +13.689
13 3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 166.2 +14.598
14 2 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 166.1 +15.291
15 1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 166.1 +15.941
16 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 165.9 +18.284
17 6 Stefan BRADL GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 165.8 +20.136
18 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 165.7 +21.498
19 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 165.5 +25.300
20 53 Tito RABAT SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 165.5 +25.558
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63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 162.0 21 Laps
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