Alex Rins has scored his sixth podium of the season, the third in a row, at the Czech GP that was run this morning in Brno.
Rins started from the first row of the grid after completing the third fastest lap during yesterday’s qualifying session. At the start, Rins stayed close to Rabat’s back when the championship leader, the French rider Zarco, started to quicken his pace and opened a gap.
At that point, Rabat’s rythm increased to try and stop Zarco from leaving them behind. Rins wasn’t able to follow this pace and was left in the second group of riders, where Luthi overtook him and followed Rabat.
After that, the Páginas Amarillas HP 40 rider rode alone and was able to score faster laps and catch Luthi, overtaking him right away and focusing on Rabat, who rode in second place.
Little by little, Rins recovered the one second distance that separated him from Rabat, catching him when there were only two turns left for the end of the race. Rins didn’t get the chance to overtake Rabat, but he finished third, scoring his sixth podium in the 2015 season.
His team mate at the Páginas Amarillas HP 40 team, Luis Salom, completed a tough race climbing from the fifteenth position in the starting grid to the ninth final place, fighting with riders such as Cortese, Morbidelli and Corsi.
The FIM CEV leader, Edgar Pons, completed a Wild Card in this race, which was his first take at an European track, and his first time riding in Brno. Edgar has gotten to know the track and improved his lap times during the whole weekend, with the aim of gathering experience. Pons was able to finish the race in the twenty second place.
3rd ALEX RINS
“I’m happy, race after race I keep learning. This race was tough because I took too much time with Luthi at the beginning of the race and that forced me to recover time later on. I finished right behint Tito, who was second. The most important thing is that race after race I keep gathering more experience, riding faster, and I hope to keep doing it until the end of the championship.”
9th LUIS SALOM
“I’m happy because finishing in the top ten is always nice, and even more after starting from the fifteenth place and losing time and positions during the first lap. Afterwards, I fought with Cortese and we overtook each other, but when we caught Morbidelli, his bike was faster and I lost him in the draw, but I recovered at the braking points. I was like that all the time, he went away and I caught him, when I overtook him he fought back at the straight and I lost a lot of time with him. When I finally overtook him, in the last lap, I pushed really hard, opened a gap between us, and caught Luthi and Cortese, who where riding in the same lap times than me. I was a shame because I could have finished seventh or eighth, but we have to focus on the next race to try and start from a better place in the starting grid, because I’m happy with the pace I kept during the whole weekend, it was fast enough to be on top, not ninth. We have to be happy and stay positive because after three awful races, a ninth place is really good”.
22nd EDGAR PONS
“The race was complicated. The track was new for us and it was hard to adapt to it and get to know it. Little by little we’ve improved and in the race we took a step froward. The conclusions are positive because a race in the World Championship gives yoou a lot of experience and a pace that you can’t find at the FIM CEV, and to be honest I’m happy and grateful for the chance I’ve been given. Happy to ride in a new track and get to know it, what could be useful in the future”.
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