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By Team Suzuki Ecstar

Rins: “The more experience I get, the better the times”

MotoGP™ rookie makes huge improvements on Day 3 in Sepang

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) came back from injury with a bang at the Sepang test, as the former Moto2™ title contender gains more and more experience in his new premier class home – Team Suzuki Ecstar. After injuring his back on Day 2 of the post-race test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo following the 2016 season finale, Rins was forced to take some downtime before getting back into training – and showed he was back to his best in Malaysia. After moving steadily up the timesheets throughout the three days, the Spaniard ended Day 3 in P12 as his increasing experience of the premier class gains traction.

Rins completed 60 laps on Day 3, with a best of 2:00.057 – only seven tenths down on Maverick Viñales’ (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) best.

AR42, P12: “My feelings are very positive, I felt very confident on the bike and also the back is ok. In these three days we worked hard mainly to find the feeling with the bike, to adapt my riding style properly and also be more effective onboard. Today we could also work on the geometry of the bike and the outcomes were positive. I will need more and more kilometres, I need to better-understand the machine and grow myself. It’s mainly a matter of experience, because already today I saw that as the more experience I get, the better the times become.”