MotoGP: Mir wins, Quartararo crashes again

The 2020 MotoGP World Championship title race took a decisive swing on Sunday afternoon at the Gran Premio de Europa. A ninth winner rose to the fore and it was in the form of title race leader Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) as he bagged an absolutely monumental 25-point haul to place one hand on the coveted trophy.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) crossed the line second to hand Suzuki their first 1-2 since the 1982 German GP as Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) picked up a fantastic rostrum in P3.

Rins completed a Suzuki 1-2

A Lap 1 crash for Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) saw the Frenchman eventually take P14 as Mir now holds a 37 point advantage with just two races to go.

Poleman Pol Espargaro got the jump into Turn 1 ahead of Alex Rins on the sister Suzuki, with Takaaki Nakagami holding third off the line on the LCR Honda.

Quartararo leaped up to ninth from 11th on the opening lap and was trying to pass Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro at the Turn 8 left-hander when both slid off their motorcycles.

Quartararo was able to get back on his bike at the back of the field, some 15 seconds behind, and salvaged two points through misfortune for others – but his title hopes are all but over now, with his deficit to Mir now 37 points.

Rins took the lead from Espargaro at the Turn 11 right-hander on the second lap, with Mir passing the polesitter two laps later.

Rins held the lead from his teammate for a number of laps, with Espargaro lurking in 3rd.

But a mistake from Rins on the run into Turn 11 on lap 17 opened the door for Mir to come through into the lead, with the number 36 immediately opening up a gap of half a second.

From this point, Mir took total control of the race and continued to extend his advantage over Rins all the way to the checkered flag.

Race Results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Behind
1 25 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.000s
2 20 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.651
3 16 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.203
4 13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +2.194
5 11 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +8.046
6 10 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati +8.755
7 9 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +10.137
8 8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +10.801
9 7 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati +11.550
10 6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati +16.803
11 5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +17.617
12 4 6 Stefan BRADL GER Repsol Honda Team Honda +24.350
13 3 12 Maverick VI√ĎALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +25.403
14 2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +39.639
DNF 0 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2 Laps
DNF 0 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 4 Laps
DNF 0 53 Tito RABAT SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 14 Laps
DNF 0 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 22 Laps
DNF 0 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 22 Laps
DNF 0 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 23 Laps
DNF 0 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0 Lap