Alex Rins went from 20th to 10th in the Andalucia MotoGP, just a few days after fracturing his right shoulder in the Qualifying practice of the Jerez GP.
After passing all medical check ups on Thursday, Suzuki’s rider Alex Rins wanted to race and try to earn as many points as possible, to at lease increase his chances for the title this season. He managed to improve his starting position by astonishing 10 places [from 20th to 10th and earn 5 points.
Rins was very exited to be able to ride at all last weekend, but especially that he could earn 5 points for the Championship: “Unbelievable,” – Rins said when asked about his race. “Sincerely after exiting from the box, I was suffering a lot because the condition was so hot, so super hot.
“I go in the box, I put a bottle of water behind me [to try to cool down]. Then during the race I tried, I did a reasonable start. I don’t know how. “During the race, I was feeling pain, step by step, lap by lap I was feeling more pain and the last seven laps I suffered, I suffered on the bike.”
“But all this work we did with the medical staff, my team, all the people pushing, I was pushing to the limit, not losing my faith, so I finish the race. So, I’m super proud of this.” – said Rins to Motorsport.com
“The race was unbelievable; I was already suffering from the moment I joined the grid before the start,” Rins said.
Rins returned back to Barceona in order to try healing his shoulder, to be 100% fit for the Czech GP in Brno, which will be held from 7th to 9th August.
Official staments from Suzuki Team:
Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager :
“Today I’m really happy. We couldn’t show all our potential, but the riders did the best they could do for now. I want to say thank you to Alex, who fought today despite being in pain, it was great that he finished the race in 10th. Also thank you to Joan for a solid race and points. Next we’ll go to Brno, where Alex will be physically much better. We’ll try for the podium with both our riders. I’m looking forward to it.”
Davide Brivio – Team Manager:
“I have to say thank you very much to Alex for the amazing effort he put in following the serious injury he got last weekend. Staying on the bike for 25 laps in this heat is very hard, and he really deserved the 10th place finish. We saw a lot of people crashing, and it was a very hard race for everyone. Joan took a good step forward; he got a strong start, stayed calm, and managed his race well. Today we scored points, which was very important. We look forward to the next race where we hope for better results.”
Coming from 10th to 5th place [matching his personal best result in MotoGP] Joan Mir was visibly pleased with what was achieved this weekend.
“I’m very happy with what I managed to do; the team deserved a good result. When I was on track I felt that today could’ve been ‘podium day’ because I wasn’t far from it, and I saw a lot of other riders struggling or dropping out for various reasons.”
“I think we did a really good race – and in the end I was only a little more than two seconds behind a podium place, so that’s good news. It was tough today because we didn’t have much information from last weekend to help us. But overall, I’m happy with my good and consistent pace.”