MotoGP: Alex Rins’ outstanding turn around
At one point in the season, Alex Rins was sat in P14 in the standings, now he is in P6.
Alex Rins had an awful start of the year, being put straight onto the back foot in the opening round of the season with a crash in Jerez during qualifying, injuring his shoulder, returning just a week later, still in pain, this injury would cause him troubles all season long with pain.
In just his first race back at the Andalucian GP, he was able to take a remarkable P10 finish, one week after his injury, doing one better in Brno with a P4.
Rins then led the Austrian GP before crashing out of P1. Now, despite these results being outstanding, Rins has had his fair share of problems due to his injury which have hindered his progress.
He has been unable to push for better results in races like in Misano where he was suffering from pain and major fatigue, unable to overtake Valentino Rossi due to this, before being overtaken by teammate Joan Mir.
Rins was unable to take a MotoGP podium in the opening half of the season, yet in the second half of the season, it could not have been any more different, taking 3 x podiums in 4 races with an NC in Le Mans after finishing in pit lane.
He took the race win in the first race at Aragon after battling with ex-teammate Alex Marquez for the victory, backing this win up with a P2 the week after, sharing the podium with his teammate for the third time so far this season.
From struggling to injury to being consistently at the front of the field, he has had a remarkable turnaround, you can’t help but think he would be a title contender if he did not have the injury at Jerez.
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