Alex Rins says the traction problems and potholes at the MotoGP Circuit of the Americas only allowed him to “try to survive” in the race.
The 2019 US Grand Prix winner made a brilliant start from seventh on the grid to fourth at Turn 1, before placing third on the first lap.
But his fight for the podium did not last long, as he quickly lost ground and finished fourth, 11 seconds behind the winner of the race, Marc Márquez.
Rins claimed that he had traction problems throughout the race, which prevented him from “fighting”, and could not explain why he suffered from this problem.
“I think today was a very, very difficult race for me,” said the Catalan on Sunday. “I suffered a lot because coming out of the corners we lost a lot of time. I don’t know if it was because of the rear-wheel drive, the aerodynamic package or what, but I couldn’t fight.”
“I’m happy with fourth place, but I would have liked to finish on the podium. I was missing something in the race.” It was hard for me to keep up with Fabio Quartararo and the Ducati. We were wasting a lot of time coming out of the curves. We have to keep working. We have collected a lot of data for the factory in Japan during this race, to improve our bike for 2022. That is all. We have to finish these three races in the best possible way. ”
“We came very close to running the hard front tire and the medium rear, but in the end we saw that most of the drivers used the soft rear. So, to go with the same weapons, we used the soft rear.”
“The bike was not that bad on the potholes. I felt the potholes a lot, and with the traction problems I tried to survive. The potholes were for everyone.”
Teammate Joan Mir had similar traction problems in Sunday’s race and saw the checkered flag in seventh place, although he was later sanctioned one position for a touch on the last lap with Jack Miller .
The Spaniard did not understand the sanction , since he says that he was forced to touch himself due to Miller’s “strange” lines in the curves. “In any case, with that result the possibility of revalidating the title disappeared mathematically, since now He is 78 points behind the leader of the championship, Fabio Quartararo , with 75 remaining to be played in the remainder of 2021.