MotoGP France Le Mans J1, Alex Rins (Yamaha/14): “I think the others have fewer problems” – Paddock GP

At Le Mans, Alex Rins did not shine during the first day. In 14th position in Practice, he is far from his teammate Fabio Quartararo, who managed to qualify directly in Q2 in front of his fans. Obviously, it is difficult for him to be convinced of the progress made by the Yamaha team given that its performances are hardly improving, but nevertheless, Alex Rins keeps smiling. A major grip problem penalizes the brand with tuning forks, which prevents it from fully expressing itself. So, all that remains is to “go in circles”, meaning tricks, again, and again.

It’s hard to believe, but Alex Rins seemed to handle the Honda RC213V much better last year than the Yamaha this season. That said, its 14th position can also be explained by the strategy adopted by the Iwata firm at Le Mans; namely, do as many kilometers as possible. “We only used the medium tires for a short period this morning. Then we switched to the tenders to do a lot of laps. » he confided in the columns of Speedweek.

At Le Mans, a circuit which always records a lot of crashes – the Dunlop Chicane is the place which traps the most drivers each year, grip is crucial. And that’s what the blues are missing. The rear wheel slips a lot, often. This is the case for everyone I imagine, but particularly for Yamaha. I think the others have fewer problems. We still have a lot to do, but we are on the right track » he reassured at the end of this day.

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From what we understand, the Jerez tests were not particularly conclusive for Alex Rins. I have a lot more hope for the Mugello tests, where we will work on the electronics. But it is true that we did not get the most out of our chassis. IThis is noticeable, particularly in turn 6 where I can’t quickly straighten the bike » he added. Tomorrow will be crucial but difficult, given the customers to beat in Q1.

Do you think Alex Rins can pull a trick out of his hat and advance to Q2? Tell us in the comments!

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