Suzuki Ecstar rider continues to accumulate experience in the premier class, and completes a race in which a mistake on the first lap forced him to fight back.

Álex Rins undertook his first MotoGP race on Spanish soil at the Aragon GP, having missed previous home rounds in Jerez and Catalonia through injury. The youngest rider on the grid made a good start from 20th place, and quickly overtook several rivals as he rose up the order. A mistake at the end of the first lap, however, lost him places and forced him to fight back.

Despite a bad start, Rins was determined and overtook several over riders to reach 17th, battling until the last lap with Héctor Barberá, who he beat to the finish line by less than a tenth of a second.

The MotoGP World Championship takes a three-week break before the flyaway rounds. On the weekend of October 15th to 17th, the Motegi circuit will host the first of three races to be held in October: The Japanese GP.

Álex Rins

“It has been a very hard race, the one that cost me the most so far. At the start I did well and gained positions, but before finishing the first lap I lost a few places. Several riders have overtaken me in the braking, which is where I struggle the most. I had a hard time overtaking riders and I could not establish a rhythm. The positive side is that this experience serves us well for the future and we have learned many things today.”