Alex Rins evaluates shoulder surgery after the MotoGP season

The Suzuki rider was banned from the Spanish GP in July when he sustained a broken and dislocated right shoulder in a qualifying crash – an injury the aftermath of which plagued much of his season.

Rins fell at the start of FP2 on Friday at the Algarve International Circuit and pulled his previously injured shoulder.

“FP2 was a disaster because I had this little fall at the start of the third lap session,” said Rins on Friday.

“F ***, I think it was the first right side fall since the injury and I have a bit of pain in my shoulder but nothing important.

“I struggled with this pain in the right corners throughout FP2.”

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Surprised to be in some pain after the accident, Rins admits that on his way home from Portugal he will stop in Barcelona to see famous MotoGP doctor Xavier Mir to assess whether he needs surgery.

“And as for the surgery, my plans are that after the race I will take the car and go to Andorra, my homeland, but before I stop in Barcelona to see a doctor and see if it is good or not to get the surgery, whether it is necessary or not.

“And then let’s see if it’s necessary, I’ll take it as soon as possible.

“He’s got a good team. He always does all of my surgeries. So if I need an operation, I’ll stay with him.”

Rins finished the race in Portugal on Friday due to his fall on 17th place.

The shoulder strained Suzuki rider has not come at the best moment as he wants to finish the season in second place – something he admitted on Thursday would be a “dream come true”.

Should he achieve that, it will mark Suzuki’s first 1-2 in the drivers’ standings since the 1981 500cc season, when title winner Marco Lucchinelli led teammate Randy Mamola.