MotoGP Germany: Rins withdraws from Sachsenring

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Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins has called time on his tough weekend at the Sachsenring in a bid to recover further for Assen.

After discussions with his crew and Suzuki management, Rins has taken the decision to sit out the rest of the German GP. Although cleared to ride by Dr. Xavier Mir in Barcelona, and Dr. Angel Charte at the circuit, and attempting all three free practice sessions ago the tight and twisty anticlockwise track the Spaniard suffered more pain in his injured wrist than he expected.

In order to avoid exacerbating his left wrist injury further, and to make a full comeback as soon as possible, he will take no further part in proceedings in the hope that he can be ready for next weekend’s GP of Assen.

There will be no stand-in rider for Rins at the German GP, and therefore Joan Mir will be the sole representative for Suzuki for the remainder of the weekend.

“I have decided, together with the team, to stop riding and not compete in the race this weekend,” Rins confirmed from the German paddock at lunchtime on Saturday. “Today the feeling with my hand and wrist is somewhat worse than yesterday, and I found that I was in a lot of pain when I tried to do a fast lap, so I don’t feel I am capable of competing.

“For this reason, we prefer to focus on being more recovered and stronger for Holland. Hopefully my physical condition will be better in Assen, especially as it’s a track that I like a lot.”

“It’s a pity, but the pain is too much, and it makes no sense to take risks for no reward,” Team Manager, Livio Suppo added. “We hope Alex can recover more in these next days before we head to Holland next week. I want to thank him for the effort he has put in to be here, he has given his all. And thanks also to the team for the job they’ve done.”