Alex Rins: A Honda motorcycle requires a lot more power to ride

Author of the article: , published April 16, 2023

With second place, Alex Rins was one of the main heroes of Saturday's sprint race. The Spaniard took second place in qualifying, even took the lead in the opening part of the first round, but then he had no chance to defend himself on the long straight against Francesco Bagnaja. Despite some mistakes, he managed to hold second place.

"An extraordinary day is behind us. We did an outstanding job both in qualifying and the race," said Rins after the race.

"In the first lap, I tried to overtake Pecc, because I knew he had a great rhythm that I couldn't keep up. On the longest straight, he managed to overtake me immediately. I couldn't do anything. I often had problems braking into the twelfth turn due to the high temperatures."

With second place, Rins achieved Honda's best result this season. At the same time, this is the LCR team's first top-three finish after the race in Australia in 2019.

As he pointed out, he still has big problems getting used to the Honda motorcycle, which requires much more power to drive compared to the Suzuki.

"Of course, the motorcycle is quite different from the one I was used to riding in previous seasons. Especially when driving through chicanes, it requires a lot more power."

He added that Honda's main weakness compared to Ducati is grip when accelerating out of slow corners.

"I was lucky that Aleix was behind me and not one of the Ducatis. In this case, it would be difficult for me to hold this position."

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