Rins: The fall of Bagnaja scared the crap out of me

Author of the article: , published April 17, 2023

After finishing second in Saturday's sprint race, Alex Rins celebrated his sixth victory in the elite class on Sunday. The racetrack in Austin suits him very well, as this is his fourth victory at this venue in all three competition classes. At the same time, it should not be forgotten that the victory ended the LCR team's five-year drought. The last time Cal Crutchlow stepped onto the top step of the podium in their colors was in Argentina in 2018. But for Lucio Cecchinelli's team, this victory was special for another reason. It is the hundredth place on the winner's stage after he founded his team twenty-seven years ago.

"Fantastic. It's been an amazing weekend. Everything went according to plan. On Friday, we secured a direct entry in the faster qualifying group, then we were second in the qualifying and sprint, and today we won. Pecco was very fast throughout. He had a very good rhythm in the race. I had some problems myself, especially in the third and fourth sectors, while in the first and second I tried to take a little more risk and get closer to him."

Rins' pressure paid off when Bagnaia fell in turn two early in the eighth lap.

"When I saw Pecc's fall, I was afraid that something like this would happen to me as well. I even lost some concentration for a moment. As a result, my advantage over the rivals behind me was slightly reduced. Then I pulled myself together and started driving the way I do best."

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