The opening MotoGP Grand Prix of 2021 was a story we’re well accustomed to from last year, as Alex Rins and team-mate Joan Mir recovered from third and fourth row starts to challenge the front runners.

Rins was able to recover from a start he called a ‘disaster’ to finish sixth, but at one stage it looked like a podium finish was possible before losing rear grip in the final laps. 

Qualifying remains the issue for Suzuki, but the race pace at stages was similar to that of race winner Maverick Vinales.

"We need to improve small things that I did during the race and the target is quite clear," said Rins. 

"We have good pace and the machine to go on the front, so let’s improve the start, because my start also from last weekend was a disaster. 

"So let’s improve this and try to fight for the top positions at least from the beginning. 

"Let’s also see what strategy Ducati will make because now Pecco already led one race and he knew I think the way to do it now, so let’s see."

One of the big strengths throughout Suzuki’s title winning season for both riders, was the improvements made at the same circuit during the second race weekend. 

Rins is looking forward to the prospect of a second race at Losail, saying: "It is not a disadvantage. When we arrived at the track we had a very good base to ride fast from the beginning, but still we need to work. 

"The second races for us were quite good last year, so let’s push for this double race. In my case I studied quite well the points where I am able to improve."