Contact with Johann Zarco outlined Álex Rins’ race at Assen, with the French driver’s maneuver being judged “silly” by the three-time MotoGP race winner. Rins’ anger primarily got here from the truth that he was fifth after the primary laps and due to this fact ready to clinch his finest outcome for the reason that Doha GP, second spherical of the season.
“I used to be actually unfortunate as a result of we acquired off to an unimaginable begin, I used to be within the group and I had the tempo to struggle for not less than third or fourth place”, the Spaniard instructed the official MotoGP web site. Hit within the arm by a fin from Johann Zarco’s Ducati, Rins needed to slip via the gravel and left final within the standings, earlier than making an excellent comeback that ended up in 11th place which was finally extra irritating than considerable.
“It is exhausting to be glad”, acknowledged the Spanish pilot in his videoconference with journalists. “We had the tempo, however as soon as once more we did not end within the place we needed. [qu’avec le recul] I will be pleased with the tempo. The workforce is slightly unhappy however they’re additionally glad and now we have finished our job. Once I was on the observe, I gained positions, I handed different riders, and theoretically it takes a short time, however the lap occasions had been nonetheless there, they had been within the low to common window of 1’33. For certain i am unhappy [de la position]. “
Assen’s 11th place was finally the identical outcome as in Sachsenring, a race that marked the return of Alex Rins after his absence from Barcelona, as a result of an damage to his proper wrist as a result of a fall from a bicycle attributable to an absence of consideration. These two arrivals exterior the highest 10 got here to conclude a troublesome first half of the season for the Suzuki rider, who remained on 5 crashes in 4 races earlier than the forfeit in Catalonia. Though the outcome was disappointing, Rins noticed progress within the final two races, notably because of a return to the settings of final season.
“Truthfully, I’ve an excellent workforce behind me: my private workforce and my racing workforce. We work very exhausting each day and naturally, […] we did not get any outcomes this primary a part of the season, however I used to be feeling fairly good on this race specifically. We had deliberate to return to the set-up that we had used final yr from Montmeló [et] the emotions had been good on the Sachsenring. It was 14 days after the damage and I used to be stage, okay the rain got here and I misplaced positions, however I feel I used to be sixth earlier than the rain got here [huitième en réalité, NDLR], and [à Assen] I used to be in an excellent place. “
Rins is due to this fact struggling to evaluate his stage within the first a part of the season, the guarantees proven in a number of races not often materializing, particularly along with his crashes at Portimão and Mugello whereas he was preventing for podium locations. : “It is troublesome to make an evaluation as a result of we had good performances on this first a part of the championship. We had an excellent tempo however for me it was very troublesome to complete a race.”
With Chloé Millois