Suzuki celebrates its 500th podium in MotoGP thanks to Alex Rins’ stunts. In Austin the Spaniard, who started seventh, immediately demonstrated the good race pace shown in free practice, e lap after lap bites the Ducati train. Only Enea seems to be able to contain the assaults of the Spanish pilot. In the final laps it is the Italian driver who takes the lead in the race, and for Alex the duel with Miller begins. The Australian driver defends the second place tooth and nail but gives up on the finishing straight, Rins is second, taking his Suzuki to second place in the standings as well.
“I didn’t expect to be on the podium – Alex confesses to us – I knew that starting from the third row and having to recover several positions would not be easy on this circuit. I tried to push to the limit by braking hard on the front. Enea was smart, I think that when I reached him he was keeping the tires but when he realized I was behind him he started to push and I couldn’t keep up with him anymore. At that point I tried to keep my race pace high, so when I found Jack in front it was not easy trying to overtake him, he too is a tough nut to crack and brakes hard. I gave everything in the last two corners, I was able to brake where I wanted and to keep the bike and I overtook him, it was a good race “.
This is the 500th podium for Suzuki, both you and Joan are showing a good level with good results at the start of the season.
“Compared to last year we have improved, the engine of the new GSX-RR has improved and now we are faster, but we still have a lot to improve on. We still have some wheelie issues we’re working on, but overall I’m happy with this result, both for me and for Suzuki in general. “
Where did you use Suzuki’s advantage to break the Ducati wall you faced?
“In the first sector, in turns 3 to 6, I was able to be very fast and recover a lot of time compared to the leading group. I think part of the reason is thanks to the new Suzuki chassis, it allows us to be agile in that type of segments. , while in acceleration we are still missing something. I was also surprised by myself, I managed to brake really well at turn 11 where I made some nice overtakes. “
Compared to last year when you were the protagonist of many crashes, in this beginning of the season you are proving to be among the strongest. Is this the real Alex Rins?
“I think we worked really well both in the pits and out before the season. I have been preparing hard this winter, and I think all these factors together are showing the results of our work, now we can be consistent in all races. I think. that even in the last circuits we are facing the race weekend better, but we are still at the beginning of the championship, there are still many races to go so we must continue to work to improve our weak points. “
One of Suzuki’s strengths is tire management, was it even more so here or did the setup play a bigger role?
“I think this advantage has diminished this year, since Michelin brought these new tires, the setup and tire management have certainly had a major impact on this race.”