He’d over take Dovizioso throughout several successive laps, only to be repeatedly thwarted by the Ducati’s superior straight line speed, which allowed the Italian to return to the leading to the start-finish directly and continue to manage the pace.
Rins eventually slumped behind Marc Marquez and has been passed by another Honda rider Cal Crutchlow about the major straight going into the final lap, finally completing 0.457s behind the winner in fourth.
“After the rush once I stop, I had been frustrated, as okay, I think I’ve got possibility to win the race,” Rins said.
“Within of the helmet I had been very upset because I’d good race pace just like these [Dovizioso and Marquez], no?
“For the management of the tyres I finish the race with the great performance. [But] they were playing together with me to the right side. ”
Rins said that his first frustration escalated quickly since he started to appreciate a powerful showing at a track that does not seem to accommodate the GSX-RR.
“We [Suzuki] have good things, worse things – like on the right, top speed.
“We’ve got an excellent corner speed, Ducati has an excellent [high ] speed and brakes, slow corner speed.
“That really is life, no? I am very happy here, I am not complaining.
“But we knew before start the race that this track will probably be hard for all of us. The important thing is that we did an unbelievable race, overtook a lot of riders, and I learn a lot.
“at the first 10 minutes [after completing, I had been ] really frustrated, but then really joyful, as all work we all did on the pre season , we demonstrate that people are really close. ”
Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins, Cal Crutchlow
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