Rins capitalised on a second successive grand prix crash for Francesco Bagnaia to finish Honda’s victory drought in MotoGP, whereas notching up LCR’s 100th podium.
It additionally marked Rins’ second MotoGP win on the Circuit of The Americas. He took his maiden premier class victory there in 2019 after defeating Valentino Rossi in a memorable head-to-head battle.
Marini took over the chase of Rins on lap 13 of 20 when he handed Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo, and briefly received the LCR Honda rider’s lead all the way down to 1.7 seconds.
Marini admits he considered his half-brother’s 2019 defeat at this level, and felt he would possibly have the ability to settle the rating. However Rins was in a position to pull a three.4s hole to the chequered flag.
“Yeah, I keep in mind that in a single second in a single lap, exiting Flip 1, I had this picture in my thoughts,” Marini remarked after coming residence second to attain his maiden grand prix podium.
“And I believed that it was perhaps potential to take revenge. However Alex could be very robust at this observe, so we are going to attempt subsequent time. I attempted!”
Alex Rins consigned Valentino Rossi to second of their 2019 COTA duel
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Rins, who additionally received at COTA in Moto3 and Moto2, added: “Once I noticed on my pit board Marini, I stated ‘woah, hold going, hold going as a result of he’ll attempt’.”
Rossi retired from MotoGP on the finish of the 2021 season to embark on a GT racing profession with WRT.
Although he has his personal crew in MotoGP, Rossi hardly ever visits the paddock, which makes it “troublesome” for Marini to realize a lot recommendation from the nine-time world champion.
“With Vale, it was simpler when he was using right here in MotoGP,” Marini stated when requested how a lot recommendation Rossi provides him throughout race weekends.
“It is troublesome for him to offer recommendation from residence, since you can’t see the tyres, you can’t see the temperature, you can’t see the tempo. There’s so much you possibly can’t perceive.
“However when he involves see us on the races, he notices much more from the service street than all the opposite people who go round. And he can inform you methods to enhance. So it’s unbelievable to have him right here within the storage generally.”