Rins lost his fear of falling after returning to the MotoGP podium at Silverstone

The Suzuki rider had a string of four consecutive racing accidents from Portugal to the Italian GP while finishing on the podium earlier in the season, decimating his title hopes in 2021.

Returning from a broken arm that he suffered before the Catalonia GP, Rins finished 11th in Germany and Holland, 7th in the Styrian GP and 14th in the Austrian GP.

Without a podium in 2021, Rins turned that around last Sunday at Silverstone when he moved up from tenth on the grid to second.

“We brought out the 2019 Rins,” he said after the race at Silverstone.

“I’m very happy because we haven’t had a good time since the start of the season.

“We have suffered a lot of falls in the leading positions.

“We did a reset after the break. We gave everything in Austria, but the track didn’t suit me.

“I’ll say again that we have the level and we could finish second. I tried Austria, but the track didn’t help me.

“[On Saturday] I spoke to the team and we noticed that you have to enjoy the bike and not be afraid.

“Maybe not scared, but we were scared of crashing and failing so much and now I’ve forgotten and we’re going to do it.”

Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Photo by: Dorna

Rins believes he might have pushed eventual winner Fabio Quartararo if he qualified higher and says he gave up his chase when he realized he was taking too much out of his tires.

“What a shame, Fabio [Quartararo] Got away so early, “added Rins.

“If we hadn’t started so far back on the grid, we might have been with him.

“I tried, but when I saw I was pushing the tires too hard, I realized I wasn’t going to make it to the end of the race. I decided to keep a constant pace and secure the podium. “

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