CHESTE, Spain (AP) — Joan Mir won the Grand Prix of Europe for his first MotoGP victory on Sunday, extending his points lead with two races to go in the championship.
Mir, who started fifth on the grid, earned his maiden victory after making a pass for the lead over fellow Suzuki rider Álex Rins with 11 laps to go at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
“I’m supper happy. This is what I was missing,” Mir said. “I think that this came at the perfect moment.”
The win allowed the Spaniard to open a 37-point gap to Rins and Fabio Quartararo, who finish 14th after crashing on the first lap.
Maverick Viñales, who started from the pits after being penalized for changing an engine, finished 13th. He is fourth in the standings, 41 points behind Mir.
The next race will be at the Ricardo Tormo track again next weekend, with the