Rins rues Le Mans DNF after third crash in a row

Alex Rins has said he needs to keep working for a good result after crashing out of podium contention at the Grand Prix of France on Sunday.

The Suzuki rider was running well before the rain hit on lap 4 of the race and was set for a podium, but coming out of the pits after a bike-swap, he crashed at Turn 4.

This is the third consecutive race where the 25-year-old has crashed out whilst being in podium contention, and he needs to get a strong result soon.

In a press release, Rins said he was confident of a podium finish had the conditions remained dry.

“It was a big shame that the heavy rain came, because I was saying to my team and my staff yesterday that in the dry I could finish on the podium,” he said.

“I made a perfect start and put in good laps at the beginning, but then when it started to rain it was a big risk because the track was really wet.

“Coming out of pit lane and into Turn 4 I tried to use a little bit of front brake to help me turn but it turned out to be a mistake as I lost the front.”

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Following the crash, the Spaniard was able to continue in the race, but he crashed for a second time at Turn 3 on lap 14.

Rins said whilst he is disappointed, he hopes he can get a strong result in the upcoming races.

“Obviously I’m disappointed but there’s nothing more I can do, I was glad to have strong pace in the dry and I got into podium contention really quickly,” the Suzuki rider said.

“I’ll keep working and look forward to the next races, I’m strong and the bike is strong, I’m sorry for the team that today has been another DNF but we will pick ourselves up.”