Moto3 Honda riders Alex Rins and Alex Marquez raced to a thrilling Moto3 1-2 result for their Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda team overnight at the Misano, Italy round of the MotoGP championship.
Starting from the front row of the grid, Rins took the lead on the fourth of 23 laps when he passed Red Bull KTM Ajo's Jack Miller, and with Marquez slotting into second shortly after the duo rapidly drew clear of the pack, taking Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) with them, until the Portuguese rider crashed on the 12th lap.
Rins opened up an advantage of 1.2 seconds after ten laps, but Marquez closed up again, and took the lead on the penultimate lap. Rins reversed the positions next time round, and narrowly held on for the win.
‰ÛÏIt was a very nice race, although it dragged on a bit for me because, from the beginning, I spent a long time riding by myself at the front." Rins commented. "Initially I could open a small gap over my teammate, but in the last three laps he managed to catch me.
"Eventually I was able to think about the right strategy, just how it happened to me last year, and in the end it went well. I was able to take the win, so I‰Ûªm very happy.‰Û