After a great start to the race, the Suzuki Ecstar rider suffers two crashes and is shown the black flag in Malaysia.

After two positive races in Japan and Australia, rain made the Malaysian GP a difficult one for Álex Rins. The Spaniard  came into Sunday with solid work behind him from throughout the GP, but two crashes ended his chances of a positive conclusion to the flyaway rounds.

Moving as far up the order as sixth place, Rins had his good work undone first by an early crash, then a second fall when trying to catch the group ahead of him. He returne to the pits to change to his second bike, but the Suzuki Ecstar rider was then penalised with a black flag for using a shortcut to go back out, which meant his disqualification from the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Álex Rins

“The weekend was very good; I was progressing and had a good position on the grid. I concentrated on making a good start and trying to be in the front group. I gained two positions on the first lap and was well placed, but I did not feel comfortable on the bike with the track wet. I was skidding a lot and I lost my pace. I lost control of the front end at Turn 1 and crashed. The important thing is that we are continuing to gain experience. This weekend has been good because I’ve been able to learn from other riders. We will continue in this good way in Valencia.”