Ecstar Suzuki’s Alex Rins has given the thumbs-up to a new aerodynamic fairing after using the upgrade for the first time during free practice at Motegi on Friday.

Rins was 10th fastest in the wet after lapping in 1m 56.229s – 1.3 seconds behind Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso – and was satisfied with his performance on the GSX-RR on the back of a positive test at Aragon.

“In Motorland the test was quite good. It was very positive for us and we were able to test a lot of things,” he said.

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“Here on the first day in Motegi, even on the wet track I had a good feeling. The new fairing we have keeps the wheel on the ground more and we do not do as many wheelies. It is great that Suzuki is working very well. For tomorrow I hope to take another step forward even if it rains.”

His team-mate, Andrea Iannone, was seventh quickest with a lap in 1m 55.614s and team manager Davide Brivio said both riders gave positive feedback in relation to the new fairing.

“We tried to make the most of these conditions to learn about the machine and make solid progress. It looks as if it’s going to be rainy for the whole weekend, which in some ways is beneficial because it gives us consistent conditions in which to work,” he said.

“We also introduced a new fairing and both riders had positive reactions after their first go. Andrea had an encouraging day; he ran two good sessions and in particular in the afternoon, he stayed consistently in the top positions.

“Despite a minor problem with the engine that occurred at the end of FP1, Alex was able to make real progress as well. In the end he owes his top ten position to the improvements he made in FP2. We still have room for improvement with the electronics and the FP3 will be crucial for this. We are here to be competitive for the qualifying.”