Suzuki Ecstar rider makes brilliant comeback for fifth place in heavy rain.

Álex Rins took his best MotoGP resultados to date at a wet Motegi in the Japanese GP. Having got into Q2 for the first time this season on the Saturday, the Spaniard started from a good position on the grid, although on Sunday he had to tackle the heaviest rainfall of the weekend.

Following a good start, Rins was knocked into by another rider on the opening corner, going wide and losing positions. The Suzuki Ecstar rider then looked to make a comeback from fifteenth, and was up into fourth in the closing stages.

Rins crossed the finish line in fifth place, for his best ever result in the premier class. He will now turn his attention to the Australian GP, the second round of the triple flyaways, at Phillip Island on October 20th-22nd.

Álex Rins

“I think it has been the best weekend of the season so far. The result is fantastic and the bike has worked pretty well in wet conditions the whole weekend. The race was very positive. I started a bit far back when in the first corners someone forced me to go wide and I lost some more positions, falling back to 15th. It took me some time to regain my position in the race, but I finally managed it and finished in 5th, so I’m very happy. I lost some time behind Zarco but the conditions of track were not easy. I can say I learnt so many things today and now we are facing the Australian race with more optimism.”