One of Alex Rins’ Suzuki MotoGP bikes has been repaired ready for use in Malaysian Grand Prix Friday practice after sustaining damage in a small pitlane fire at Sepang.
The fire was understood to have been caused by a fuel leak, but was quickly brought under control by Suzuki mechanics before it could do any substantial damage to the GSX-RR.
Rins will therefore have two bikes at his disposal as normal for Friday practice.
Lucky escape :fire:
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The Spanish rider goes into the Malaysian GP weekend lying 10th in the standings, and is just four points adrift of Suzuki team-mate Andrea Iannone after finishing fifth last time out at Phillip Island.
Rins said on Thursday he is targeting another top-five or six showing this weekend.
“Here in the pre-season [test] it was really good, now we arrive stronger [after] a lot of races in the leading group,” said Rins.
“The bike is different to the pre-season, on the electronics, the aerodynamics, also the engine. We can do a good race.”