Suzuki MotoGP team suffers pre-event fire in Malaysian GP pits

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.

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.”

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