Suzuki Ecstar rider goes through to Q2 for the first time in MotoGP and will start tenth.

The second day of activity at the Japanese Grand Prix was, like the first, affected by rain, which fell from the morning onwards. With access to Q2 at stake, Álex Rins completed a great morning session, achieving sixth position and going into the coveted second qualifying session for the first time this season.

In the afternoon, with the rain becoming less intense, the youngest rider on the grid placed 13th in FP4, with a best time of 1:57.802. Rins’ feeling on the GSX-RR was good, which was confirmed in Q2.

Álex Rins finished in tenth position in Q2, amidst mixed conditions that led some riders to take an unsuccessful risk with dry tyres. With this result, Rins took his best position on the grid of the season.

Starting from the fourth row, Álex Rins will aim to achieve his best result since coming up to MotoGP in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Álex Rins

“Thinking apart from the result, I’m happy because today we have learnt something very interesting; the bike completely changed its behaviour from full wet to mixed conditions. I wasn’t expecting to have such a drop in performance with less water, without any changes to the setup. It’s very interesting and now we will investigate it with the engineers. Also, we must get ready in case tomorrow the conditions again prove to be so variable. Beside this, I’m very satisfied with our performances on the wet track. This morning I further improved the feeling that was already good yesterday, and the GSX-RR works really well. I believe that we can aim for a positive race tomorrow, especially if the weather will be as completely rainy as they say.”