Alex Rins finished fourth at Brno in the weekend's Czech Grand Prix, and while disappointed to miss out on the podium as MotoGP returned from its summer break, it was a solid result after two DNFs after crashing out of the lead at Assen and second place at the Sachsenring.
Rins escaped with the leading group and held third place for much of the race. In the closing stages he made a push for second place, but a drop in grip left him vulnerable to attack from behind, and he dropped to fourth in the final laps.
He said, "I was really close to the podium, and it’s a bit of a shame because I was fighting hard all race and trying to close Dovizioso in front of me. But in the last five laps I felt that the grip had dropped, however, but I’m still pleased to get fourth place.
Monday we’re testing and we’ll try many things, this should allow me to go to Austria next weekend feeling fresh and ready to fight again in the top group."
Regrettably for Joan Mir his Grand Prix ended at turn four on the opening lap. Riding around the outside he was taken down by a crashing Franco Morbidelli, himself tangling with another rider on the inside.
He commented, "I was on the outside of Morbidelli coming off the start and when he went down there was nothing I could do to avoid him. This type of incident is always an extra risk when you start towards the back of the grid, and it was a shame that my race ended there.
"I had a good feeling with my bike during the warm-up in the dry and I was disappointed not to discover how I could convert that pace in the race. But anyway, these things happen, let’s think about Austria next week."