Alex Rins couldn’t hide his disappointment in making the most of his apparent speed during the Austrian MotoGP by falling out of the lead just moments after starting the race.
The Spaniard, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury he said he made “scream in his helmet” during the first few minutes of Friday practice, gritted Rins’ teeth on race day to fight for the To emerge victory.
Rins benefited from the restart with his shorter distance and trudged into the competition before putting Andrea Dovizioso in five lead with ten laps remaining. Here, however, his challenge ended abruptly. Rins folded the front of the Suzuki and slid into the gravel trap to retreat.
Frustrated that he has an excellent chance of winning his and Suzuki’s first MotoGP race since Silverstone 12 months ago, he’s confident that he can remedy the situation at the Styrian MotoGP this weekend on the same track.
“I started the first race well, but then I couldn’t keep my rhythm because I felt blocked. Then I was behind the big crash and it was so scary – I want to send my best wishes to the riders involved.
“When I restarted, I felt very good with the bike and the rear tire. When I was behind Dovizioso, I knew I had the pace to lead and overtook him where I felt safest at Turn 6.
“But then I lost the front and crashed, which was a real shame. But everything is so close in this championship and I’m ready to get behind me today and focus on the next weekend. “