Houston: Spaniard Alex Rins has ended MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez's six-year winning streak at the Grand Prix of the Americas with Australian Jack Miller third.
Starting on pole for a seventh year in succession, and chasing his seventh win in a row at the Austin circuit, Marquez lost control of his Honda and slid out on the ninth of 20 laps while leading by nearly four seconds.
The bike would not restart and it was race over for the Spaniard.
Yamaha's Italian great Valentino Rossi inherited the lead but could not hold off Rins, who went past on lap 17 and then held on to win by 0.462 seconds.
Miller finished a distant third for the non-works Pramac Ducati team, with Italian Andrea Dovizioso fourth on a factory Ducati to take the championship lead after three races.
Dovizioso has 54 points with Rossi on 51 and Rins moving up to third on 49. Marquez has 45.
"I beat Valentino, this is unbelievable for me," exclaimed Rins, 23, who had started seventh on the grid. "He was my idol when I was very young."
The victory was Suzuki's first in MotoGP since Spaniard Maverick Vinales won the 2016 British Grand Prix.
Rossi, 40-years-old but closer than ever to his 90th win in the top category, did all he could to retake the lead in the closing laps without finding a way past.
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