Alex Rins, fourth in the Grand Prix of Japan
The pilot CatalunyaCaixa back nine positions and stands at the podium at Motegi Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez scoring again after finishing seventh and fourteenth respectively
Pilots CatalunyaCaixa Álex Rins and Miguel Oliveira, finished in fourth and seventh, respectively, in the Japanese Grand Prix. Thus, both drivers scored points for the fifth consecutive race in his debut at Motegi. Álex Márquez, in turn, was 14th and returned to the points followed by second Grand Prix. With today's race, has 13 points and Rins is fifth in the standings, just seven in the fourth. Oliveira goes up to eighth place and Marquez is 21 degrees with 18 points.
The rookie Rins has returned to star in a big race, with another creditable comeback, after starting from the 13th position and finished fourth. The young CatalunyaCaixa has completed the first part of the race by the second group of riders, but Rins has had a little scare and has been somewhat off the hook in the eighth. Wheeling only, has been cutting the gap with the top riders to catch Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who had an intense duel in the closing laps. After pilots Falls Front group, Rins has crossed the finish line ahead of Khairuddin, in fourth place. Oliveira, who started from 11th position, completed the race with a seasoned group of five pilots, in which the Portuguese driver has managed to impose and finish in seventh place.
In turn, Márquez has also had a great game, possibly with the third group of four riders. In the end, the young rider from Cervera has crossed the finish line in 14th place, returning to the points, thus fulfilling its objective.
No time to rest, CatalunyaCaixa pilots will move to Malaysia to compete in next weekend's second race of the demanding Asian tour in Sepang.
Miguel Oliveira pilot CatalunyaCaixa, ranked 7th in the Grand Prix of Japan, 15,523 in the championship, 8th overall with 83 points:
"The race did not go as I expected. At first I struggled to stay with the front group, but in the early laps I realized that I passed on the straight and this has made me lose touch with them. In the end I managed to be the first of my group and, after the fall of some drivers, I could make up some places. This gives us some motivation, but we need to improve some aspects related to engine power. We must continue positive face to the races we have left. "
Alex Rins pilot CatalunyaCaixa, ranked 4th in the Grand Prix of Japan, the 3404 winner, 5th overall with 119 points:
"We are excited by this fourth. At checkout I struggled a bit hooked front group. Then I had a little scare, I went off and I have been away from Maverick [Viñales]. I could keep rolling with the same rate as they did, until Khairuddin Maverick has passed. That started my own struggle, be in front or behind it. It was a shame that the three pilots were on the ground, yet we cut Fenati many points and that is our goal, to become rookie of the year. "
Álex Márquez, CatalunyaCaixa pilot, ranked 14th in the Grand Prix of Japan, 28,375 in the championship, 21 th overall with 18 points:
"It was a tough race because it cost us quite pick up the pace. When I felt more comfortable, I could gain some position, but I found a group that has not let me continue the progression. Going to Malaysia hope to be with the front group, because every time I feel more comfortable with the bike. "
Emilio Alzamora, Team Manager:
"We made a good run but it is clear that we need to improve some technical aspects. I am very satisfied with the performance of Álex Rins and that is showing great potential host. In his first season is making exceptional results and I am sure that will continue with the same line in the remainder of the season. It was a shame that Michael was not able to progress and roll with the front group. Álex Márquez is progressing very positively and this opportunity to perform much of the current season will serve him well ahead of the next season. "