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RINS WINS THE

RINS WINS THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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Alex Rins took a stunning victory - his second of the season - at Silverstone to win the British Grand Prix by one hundredth of a second aboard his GSX-RR.

Starting from the second row, he avoided early race drama at turn one that saw two riders crash out, and slotted into third place, before quickly advancing to second. There he sat comfortably and patiently behind Marc Marquez.

Proof of Rins' pace came after a mistake that saw him run wide into Brooklands and a slide exiting the second part of the Club chicane cost him ground, but we was soon able to recover and place himself on the back wheel of the race leader.

Also showcasing the superior corner speed he was able to carry was an impressive overtake that saw him ride around the outside of Marquez at Copse to take the lead. He was re-passed when we ran slightly wide into Stowe, and again sat patiently, stalking his compatriot.

With the tension palpable, the last lap will live long in the memory for race fans. Marquez defended, hugging the inside curb at Luffield. However, Rins had an ace up his sleeve, and got the drive he needed before using his GSX-RR's trump card - it's manoeuvrability - to dart up the inside at Woodcot to snatch victory.

He said after the race - Suzuki's second MotoGP win at Siverstone from the last three attempts - "This 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. 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!"

Sylvain Guintoli, deputising for the injured Joan Mir, came straight to Silverstone after a busy period testing at Brno in the Czech Republic and the Kymi Ring in Finland, plus his work with Yoshimura Suzuki at the Suzuka 8-Hour.

The Team Suzuki Ecstar test rider had a successful outing, bringing his GSX-RR home well inside the points in 12th.

He commented, "The race felt good for me, I had strong pace, especially towards the end. I was hoping to be able to score points, but I didn’t expect this many and a 12th place.

"It’s fantastic that Alex put the bike on the top step, the team really deserve it and it just shows how much hard work and commitment they are putting in all the time. What a great weekend." 

Team manager Davide Brivio added, "What a win! I was hoping to have a battle like this one day, especially a battle with Marquez.

"Alex was just great, he stayed behind, and he stayed calm, he ran a very clever race. He studied the situation and waited for the right moment to try for the win. It was perfect, fantastic. To win against Marquez isn’t easy, and we’re very happy!

"Sylvain got some good points and he has done a great job to help us develop the bike. Everyone in the team and all the staff in Japan are working so hard, and I want to thank them all."