Rins strengthens grip on Rookie honours at Phillip Island

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins put in a strong display at Phillip Island last weekend that nearly saw him clinch a podium and strengthen his grip on the “Rookie of the Year” honour.

Rins spent the majority of the race in the pursuing group battling for the final spot on the podium, as his teammate Miguel Oliveira and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese had pulled ahead. Heading into the final lap, the usual Moto3™ melee ensued, and Rins was only denied a spot on the podium by Red Bull’s local hero Arthur Sissis – by a mere five hundredths of a second.

This did however haul him five points clear of nearest Rookie challenger, Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, with just one round left to go. Rins lies in fourth place in the table, with third place now out of reach. Yet with the last race taking place at his home track in Valencia, the Spaniard will no doubt be confident of taking the “Rookie of the Year” title.

Alex Rins

"I'm very happy, because neither I nor the team expected this fourth in my first race at Phillip Island. We started far behind, but I managed to put myself in the front group on the early laps, maintaining a good fight with Sissis, Kent and Fenati. I watched what Fenati was doing quite a lot. I repeatedly tried to pass on the last lap, but I managed to keep my position. When I came in fifth into the final straight, I did not expect to beat Kent on the KTM, but I did and I'm very satisfied."

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