Alex Rins' day was definitely filled with excitement. Besides to having constantly decipher the conditions of the track, the Spanish rider is at loggerheads with Marc Marquez, triggering a battle like one of yesteryear. Alex, on his part, doesn't mince words, and he openly says what he thinks.
"It's not the first time he's behaved like this. Everyone knows Marquez. He's really talented, but he behaved the same with Vinales in the FP1. He tries to get into the heads of the other riders," he said disputingly. "But I'm very calm. If I were fighting for the title with him, I could also try these kind of moves, but that's not that case, and I don't know why he does this with me. Maybe he's afraid (ed. he laughed)."
N.42 then explained in detail how things went from his perspective.
"There is no doubt that it's a step forward for everyone, but he has no respect for the other riders. At Turn five, he went wide, and Miller and I were behind him. He saw Jack passing him and then getting back on track and, honestly, he got in my way. I was pushing, even though I wasn't very fast," he continued. " So, at the next turn to the left, I made my line. He left a space, and I entered, touching him, but I think the contact is his fault. If I had been in his place, I would've let both pass. I don't think I'm like him."
Suzuki's Spanish rider explains his reasons, since the argument then continued for a moment in the pit lane.
"If you're going slow, you have to make room for the others. Later, he really broke away at the last turn to pass me, and while we were entering the pits, I was in front of him, and he didn't have the space to pass. In that case, I would've cut off the throttle, since we were in the pit lane."
But there's also talk of the sixth position obtained. An encouraging result for the race.
"I'm starting off sixth, and that's positive. Our pace is good in every condition, so I want to have fun. Choosing the tire during the round wasn't easy. At first, I got on the track with a medium pair. It wasn't easy to understand if the slicks could really be the best choice, but the result satisfied me."
Alex's sensations on the bike were good, also thanks to the new fairing previously promoted by the test team led by Sylvain Guintoli.
"Thanks to him, we were able to use the new fairing yesterday. We had planned to try it in the tests on Monday, but Sylvain transmitted his good feelings to me after the Motegi tests, so I decided to try it over the weekend."
Audio recorded by Paolo Scalera