The British GP got underway in fantastic conditions as 50,000 fans turned out to enjoy a sizzling Silverstone for Round 12 of the 2019 Moto GP season.
Hard tires were the order of the day for the majority of the field as track temperatures reached 45 degrees C.
Alex Rins got a solid start from his 5th place grid spot, slotting immediately into third as a big accident happened just behind him. By the end of the first lap, Rins had put in a pass on Rossi to take second place. He then proceeded to set several fast laps; running an excellent race pace and taking advantage of his corner speed and confident feeling with his GSX-RR.
With 12 laps left to go, Rins executed a move on race leader, Marquez, and the pair exchanged positions back and forth.
As Marquez attempted to pull away, Rins stayed on his tail. Even a small moment at Turn 9 with 4 laps to go was not enough to distract Alex from his goal.
As the laps ticked down, he looked for every opportunity to overtake his rival, finally pulling off a fantastic move in the final corner to take his second win of the season. He also regains third place in the Championship standings.
“Today has been unbelievable. I won in Austin, beating Valentino. And now I’ve won here, beating Marc. These guys are very fast and are ‘legends’ of the sport. I knew it would be difficult to beat Marc today, but I really wanted to try, and it was fantastic to do it,” said Alex Rins, who is tailing reigning MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez, by 101 points in the season.
Sylvain Guintoli, standing in for Joan Mir, ran a consistent and solid race whilst also collecting useful data. The Frenchman took a great 12th place and four championship points.
“In a couple of the sectors he was faster than me, but I could make it up in some other areas. But towards the end of the race I felt I had better pace than him, and I told myself that I must go for it and take the chance, I saw the opportunity and I made it happen. Big thanks to everyone in the team!” added Rins after his victory at Silverstone.