On Ducati's great Sunday afternoon at Magny-Cours, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who has given so much joy to Borgo Panigale recently, perhaps went missing. A somewhat anonymous weekend for the Italian, however, ended with 22 points on the scoresheet, vital for the Independent riders’ championship.
"I'm a bit disappointed but in any case I took home some points for the Independent Teams’ championship - Michael said in the Press Room - Today I could have fought for the podium but I had no grip, accelerating out of the corners I remained stationary while Scott and Chaz went away. I tried to change my riding style during the race, I've had this problem since Friday, especially in mixed conditions, while when there was more water on the track I went better but only because I took more risks".
It's strange to see you disappointed after a 6th place, it’s amazing how many things change in a season ...
"When you win, you know you can do it again. This weekend’s races were difficult, but still an important experience for me and the team. A year ago I would have had a party after a sixth place, I gave 200% but the results didn't come. Things changed and so today I am a bit frustrated. I battled with Lowes and Razgatlioglu because they are fighting with me for fifth place in the world championship, but I also tried not to take too many risks".
This morning we saw you fighting with Garrett Gerloff and on a couple of occasions you even got angry. What do you think of the American rider?
“In this paddock I have a good relationship with everyone. Garrett is a good guy and it's nice to talk to him but I think he needs to be in control a bit more because in the first laps this morning there was a lot of adrenaline. We must all have respect for each other because if you crash, especially in wet conditions, you can also involve other riders ”.
Are there any differences in fighting with a young rider like Garrett or with champions like Rea and Redding?
"When I was fighting in the middle of the group last year, not everything was under control while this year in the fight with Redding and Rea for the victory you understand that they have respect for the other riders and that they know how things will go. Champions know if you are there and this is good ”.