Alex Rins admits this afternoon’s British Grand Prix is a key race for him if he is to remain in contention for this year’s Moto3 world championship. The Spaniard starts from pole position ahead of Niccolo Antonelli and his Estrella Galicia teammate Alex Marquez while championship leader Jack Miller faces an uphill struggle from eighth.
Moto3 Grands Prix have become notorious for their thrill-a-minute racing and multiple-rider battles for the lead and Rins feels that makes it hugely difficult to adopt any kind of tactical approach. That said, he is well aware of the importance of today’s 17 lap race as he seeks to close the 44 point gap to Miller.
“This pole position was important for me and for my team. The last race was ok until the last lap but with these big groups it’s difficult to have a strategy. I will do my best and try to keep thinking on the bike and we’ll see what happens. I need to start being on top and scoring big points to catch Miller.”
Rins lost the chance of challenging for victory in Brno two weeks ago when he celebrated what he thought was a victory despite having one more lap left to run. Speaking to the media yesterday, the 18 year old explained his thought process at the time and the sequence of events which led to the error.
“It’s difficult to see the number of laps left every time and the last time I saw the laps was with three left to the finish of the race and when all the riders started to pass, I didn’t see and lost my head. I thought it was the last lap.”