MotoGP
05 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
42 days
R
Thailand GP
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
56 days
R
Americas GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
70 days
R
Argentinian GP
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
84 days
R
Spanish GP
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
98 days
14 May
-
17 May
Next event in
112 days
R
Italian GP
28 May
-
31 May
Next event in
126 days
R
Catalan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
133 days
18 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
147 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
154 days
R
Finnish GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
168 days
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
196 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
203 days
R
British GP
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
217 days
R
San Marino GP
10 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
231 days
01 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
252 days
R
Japanese GP
15 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
266 days
R
Australian GP
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
274 days
R
Malaysian GP
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
280 days
R
Valencia GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
294 days

Rins admits race was "over" after Vinales hit

shares
comments
Rins admits race was "over" after Vinales hit
By:
Oct 29, 2018, 3:08 PM

Suzuki MotoGP rider Alex Rins said his race at Phillip Island was "over" when he was hit by eventual winner Maverick Vinales at Turn 4.

Rins was part of the lead group, albeit only seventh, in the early stages of the race when he was nudged wide by Vinales at the Honda corner.

Vinales then soon charged into the lead and ran away with the victory, and a four-man chasing group involving Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone and Alvaro Bautista was formed.

Rins eventually joined that group but only after spending seven laps behind Jack Miller, which compromised his tyre performance.

He eventually took fifth ahead of Rossi, but he said the collision with Vinales cost him a chance of a stronger result.

"The race was over when I noticed a strong impact by Maverick," revealed Rins. "At the time I was very angry, it was very unexpected.

"There I lose all the possibilities because I lose the first group then I lose a lot of time with Miller trying to overtake him.

"When I got to the group I was a little bit out of tyres. You have to learn and try to be more aggressive."

He added: "It was a very positive race and we held on until the end. I had a nice fight with Valentino, I'll take that with me.

"Yesterday I felt strong and today I beat Rossi. We are happy with the way we have the bike, we're going to Malaysia prepared."

Iannone mistake halts win challenge

Rins' teammate Iannone headed into the race as one of the favourites and in the end took second, his best result for Suzuki yet.

Iannone was fighting for the lead early on in the race but ran wide at Turn 4 and lost a couple of positions, a mistake that cost him dearly.

"I arrived in the race with a really strong feeling, for sure we have a really good potential for try to win the race, but when I made a mistake on the corner four, I arrive a little bit long with high speed, I lost four or five positions.

"I start to recover but in this moment I think this is not really good situation.

"I try to recover but I felt the tyres start to drop a little bit more than I expect so I decide I remain in this group [with Dovizioso, Rossi and Bautista]. I control the tyres the best and at the end I think is the best situation.

"I have a little bit more on the last four laps I try to push at 100 percent, I improve but also on the last lap I arrive another time at corner four I made a mistake.

"In any case I am really happy because we make a really good weekend, we start really well, we work on a good way in every practice we improve a little bit and this is the most important."

Additonal reporting by Oriol Puigdemont

Next article
Rossi: Vinales win "doesn't change much" for Yamaha

Previous article

Rossi: Vinales win "doesn't change much" for Yamaha

Next article

Insight: Vinales' win highlights Yamaha's big decision

Insight: Vinales' win highlights Yamaha's big decision
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Australian GP
Sub-event Sunday race
Drivers Alex Rins
Teams Team Suzuki MotoGP
Author David Gruz