Rin’s “no idiot” in Portugal MotoGP lead to crash

Speaking exclusively to Motorsport.ocm ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez, Rins responded to criticism of his crash at Portimao while battling Yamaha’s Quartararo for the lead.

Rins admits “it wasn’t easy” to get over the mistake he made because telemetry gave no “obvious reason” for the crash.

And while he admits he would have been satisfied with second place, it would have put him second overall instead of dropping him down to seventh and 23 points [Marc] Marquez “in her epic Silverstone duel 2019.

“If I had been satisfied with second place, I would be second in the world championship now,” said Rins.

“Of course I was touched. But with a more conservative mentality I would never have beaten Marquez at Silverstone two years ago.

“On this occasion I could have been satisfied with second place, but after that I would not have talked so much about the win.”

“This is just the beginning, we are entering the fourth race of the season and it will be time to take out the calculator.

“If we can have more weekends like Portimao and be on top from Friday, this bad result will be camouflaged.”

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When told that his current mentality is having an impact on how Marquez approached the 2015 campaign in which he was quick but crashed too often and lost the title, Rins replied, “It’s true we need to find the point of balance .

“On Saturday night [at Portimao]When I was planning the race strategy, I saw Fabio at a better pace than the other drivers, including myself. But on Sunday when I rode behind him, I felt great.

“I crashed after doing two or three quick laps in a row, but I was very relaxed, very comfortable and had a great time.

“I’m not an idiot: if I had seen how I drove behind Quartararo at the border, I would obviously have let him go.

“”[Joan] I later admitted that he let us go because otherwise he would have destroyed the tires.

“But that wasn’t my case. His and my rounds had nothing to do with each other, as the data showed.”