Alex Rins feels his first MotoGP victory for Suzuki “will come soon” after he finished second in last weekend’s Dutch TT at Assen.
Rins has had an up-and-down 2018 season but says he is gaining experience in each race, helped my recent engine and chassis improvements to the GSX-RR.
“Since Qatar, we are going very fast at all the tracks,” he said. “I was able to ride with the front group at a lot of tracks, but I did small mistakes and was crashing.
“Now I try to keep calmer. Suzuki brought a new engine with a bit more speed, especially on the top, that helps us a little bit on the straight. That’s all.
“I think all the races coming will be good for us, I will try to give my best in every race.
“We use the new engine and the carbon chassis. I feel very comfortable with those pieces, so you have to fight to get ahead.
“Little by little we are getting experience, but the bike works very well and I think that the victory will come soon.”
Rins described his Assen race as “the hardest of my life”, but he enjoyed fighting with the top MotoGP riders.
“[It was] incredible, I have no words,” he said. “The hardest race of my life in MotoGP.
“I gave my best, we knew it would be a very difficult race with a lot of riders in the front.
“But we managed very well. I was trying to keep my rhythm, trying to catch them because I knew I was able to finish on the podium.”
Rins revealed after the Assen event that he was suffering from a stomach bug in the morning of the race. “My stomach was not feeling well at all, and my breakfast was bad,” he said.
“The doctors were able to treat me well, but I was a little weak “It was a very difficult race. Thanks to Clinica Mobile [MotoGP medical centre], and all the doctors.”