Rins felt Austria MotoGP win was possible before crash

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says he “felt like winning” the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix was possible before he crashed out passing Andrea Dovizioso for the lead.

Rins ran in the lead group from the off in the restarted 20-lap Austrian GP and was lapping faster than the Ducatis ahead of him, passing Pramac’s Jack Miller for second on lap 10.

Going after Dovizioso, Rins went for a pass on the inside of the factory Ducati rider at Turn 6 on the following lap but lost the front of his Suzuki just as he took the lead. Prior to the race, eventual winner Dovizioso had touted the Suzukis to be a big threat on Sunday, with Rins admitting the feeling he had during the race was one he has “not felt many times” in his career.

“Everything was going very well, I honestly felt like winning the race,” said Rins. “This feeling, I have not felt it many times, but I really felt [able] to win. It was a shame, but the two Suzukis were there, Joan [Mir] finished on the podium, a great result for the brand. So we’ll see what happens this weekend”.

Rins had a moment on the front end of his Suzuki at the same corner he crashed the lap before, and thinks his fall was a result of braking with slightly more lean angle than in previous tours.

“Perhaps the mistake was trying to stop the bike with more [lean] angle,” Rins added. “From what we have seen in the telemetry, when I turned on the throttle I was much more inclined than in the previous lap, and that was what made me lose the front end.”

Mir admitted pre-weekend he considered a rostrum charge “difficult”, and thinks improved qualifying form and his start “made the difference” in his charge to a maiden podium in second.

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