Suzuki Ecstar rider makes steady progress on Friday to finish 15th in FP2, substrantially lowering his time from the morning session.

The Australian Grand Prix got underway at Phillip Island on Friday, opening proceedings with a sunny, cool and windy day. It was the wind that most affected Álex Rins during the first practice session of the weekend, in which he placed seventeenth.

In the afternoon, after several important changes to the setup of his bike, Rins quickly lowered his times and his feeling onboard the Suzuki mproved. So much so that in FP2 the Spaniard lowered his morning time by 1.3 seconds, taking fifteenth.

Despite his position on the timesheets, Álex Rins is only three tenths of a second off getting into Q2. For the rest of the weekend, unstable weather will play a big part in the action at Phillip Island. Rins, who proved to be competitive throughout the day in the dry -and late in recent wet races as well- will try tomorrow to gain access to his second consecutive Q2.

Álex Rins

“It’s been an encouraging day as we were able to take a clear step forward in the afternoon. This morning I suffered a lot with the wind. That prevented me from feeling at ease, but however we were able to do some interesting tests with the medium tyre. In the afternoon we went more in depth with it, but also switched to the soft tyre. All this work has produced a big improvement in the lap time. Let’s also wait on the weather for tomorrow. We already have some more ideas to improve on a dry track, but if turns rainy, we can use the added experience we have recently gained to our advantage.”