Ecstar Factory Suzuki MotoGP rider Alex Rins believes that his fourth place at Mugello was the best he could have achieved, even if he had qualified better than thirteenth during the Italian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard enjoyed a stunning start and quickly found himself in the lead group of five. Despite seemingly having the pace to move past Marquez and the factory Ducati duo of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso, the straight-line speed deficiency of the GSX-RR was clear to see, with Rins struggling to stay in the slipstream of his challengers.
Because of these issues in straight-line speed, Rins believes fourth was the best he could’ve managed, no matter where he qualified.
“I don’t think I could have had a better result with a better grid position,” explained the Spaniard.
“I recovered a lot of places on the first lap, but I was losing a lot of time on the straight. We knew it would be a tricky part of the track for us, and it’s a bit of a pity.
“But I gave 100% and pushed really hard, I tried to pass Dovizioso on the last corner, but he had a bit more traction than me.
“Anyway, I’m happy with this fourth and it all helps with the championship.”