“Strange” crash ended sure-footed victory

Kidneys jumped off the line and led a Suzuki one-two from teammates Joan Mirbefore he loses the front while braking for the left turn at De Bult’s turn 9.

He says the data showed he had a slight wheelie before crashing out of the corner while only braking a little later than the whole weekend, and believes the wind played a role.

“It was a shame because – we check the data – we did a little more wheelie in turn 8 in the curve,” said Rins, who fell 59 points behind the championship lead.

“Then I tried to brake at the same point as in FP4 or in the warm-up and completely lost the front.

“Sure, I think the wind [played a part]because it went before me. After the wheelie, the front was on the floor.

“So this is [not] as a problem, but then I braked in the same place and [I had a] strange crash.

“I braked a little later than normal, but not 10 meters later, just a little. This is MotoGP, you have to brake in the same place, accelerate, pick up the bike, full throttle. “

Rins says that his feeling on the motorcycle before the crash was “better than ever” and is convinced that he would have been there for his second win of the season.

“Yes, that was my strategy,” he added when asked if he wanted to break away from the pack.

“I knew if I was ahead and put pressure on, I would cut the group” [down] because the Ducatis were more on the limit.

“It was a shame because I am convinced that our pace [was good enough] to follow Maverick [Vinales] to fight for victory or second place.

“At least that’s how the result is. We had a good weekend on my side and also for me, which qualified very well.

“He made a few mistakes in the race, but as I said, it was a shame because we got a good result.

“We definitely lost our chance to win. Our rhythm was nice. Now we’ll never know whether I would win or not, whether I beat Maverick or not. “