Saturday, January 29

Mir wins in another Spanish triplet and aims for the title

The Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) shoots up to the world title by claiming his first world championship victory MotoGP after winning the European Grand Prix of the category at the Ricardo Tormo de Cheste circuit, in a new plenary session, the third of the season, of Spanish pilots in the premier category of the world motorcycle racing.

Mir waited for the moment when his teammate, Alex RinsUntil that first moment, it gave the impression that he was letting him pass to study it, without knowing that the young Mallorcan had a much better rhythm and from that moment he changed it to go towards his first victory in MotoGP, which it also allows you to be more of a leader.

Even before the start of the race, there were those who lost positions in the formation, as was the case of the Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP), whom Race Direction sanctioned with the loss of three positions in the same for not obeying to the blue flags that they showed him at the exit of the workshop street during the second classification.

Pol Espargaró did not fail at the time of departure despite the attempts of Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR) to try to overcome it, but a couple of wheelies – lifted from the front wheel – prevented him from achieving it and only a couple of corners later the race already it lost two of its protagonists, Aleix Espargaró himself and the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1), one of the contenders for the world title, who in this way practically says goodbye to his championship options.

While, from behind, from the workshop street he had to endure patientlye Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) to raise the red flag to be able to hit the track, well behind the last of the starting formation.

In the lead, Pol Espargaró endured a lap as leader before Alex Rins overtook him to try to escape alone, while behind Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), the world leader, went from fifth to third place, ahead of Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) and Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V), and later Pol Espargaró to get behind the wheel of his teammate.

Shortly after the Italian Valentino Rossi he was saying goodbye to his chances of achieving a good result when having problems with the engine of his Yamaha YZR M 1.

Quartararo tried to return to the race and managed to do it in the last position, after Maverick Viñales, who was trying to hook Tito Rabat (Ducati Desmosedici GP19), in a test that had already lost Aleix Espargaró, Francesco Bagnaia and Cal Crutchlow (Honda RC 213 V), due to a fall, and Valentino Rossi due to mechanical failure .

Rins maintained the leadership of the competition with Mir and Pol Espargaró glued to him and already a little further behind Oliveira, Nakagami and the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP19) and Maverick Viñales already in the points, fourteenth, after beating Rabat -which little then he left with technical problems – and to get behind the German Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) and with Quartararo also in the points, fifteenth.

In the sixteenth turn Joan Mir took the lead after overtaking his teammate Alex Rins, who opened wide at turn eight, clearly letting him pass, probably to study him against a predictable fight for victory in the final laps.

But what Alex Rins could not know was the rhythm of his teammate, who as soon as he took the lead, he hit a small jerk and began to roll under 1 minute and 32 seconds to complete the lap of Ricardo Tormo for several more laps.

Four laps from the end the race lost another protagonist, the Spanish Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), who fell at the end of the straight while trying to prevent the very fast Ducati of the Italian Andrea Dovizioso overtake him to lose eighth place.

The full Spanish on the podium with Joan Mir, Alex Rins and Pol Espargaró, was added the thirteenth position of ‘Maverick Viñales, who could add at least three points despite starting from the pit lane of Ricardo Tomo.

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