Alex Rins’ MotoGP return after missing the Catalunya Grand Prix was a good one - all things considered, as he took 11th place. 

The points finish for Rins halted a four race streak of crashing which began at Portimao. 

The Spaniard was running inside the top ten early on and looked to have good race pace, however, when rain fell on lap five, it ‘took away all my feeling’. 

Speaking about his race, Rins added: "The race for me was a little bit hard. A lot of, let's say, not moments, but different situations. First of all, I did a good start, I was trying to overtake some riders, and on the fourth lap, I was behind Binder and I was trying to overtake him, because I think I had a bit better pace than him. 

"But when the rain came, it took away all my feeling, all my confidence, and then I was like, two or three laps after the rain to recover this feeling. 

"So in the end, we fought a little bit with Pol Espargaro and Jorge Martin, and I was able to manage the pain of the hand a little bit. 

"It was not easy, not an easy race, but we finished in eleventh position, so ready for Assen."

As has been the case for most of the season, Rins unqualified team-mate Joan Mir on Saturday, but the 25 year-old said problems relating to his grid position and therefore prospects for the race started with yellow flags in Q2. 

Rins said: "I did what I expected. The problems for us started yesterday. Yesterday I was feeling good to do a good qualifying, I was feeling good to start on the second row, but we couldn't because of the yellow flags, because of the other riders, let's say like this. 

"When I was starting P11, I thought OK, it will be hard, but let's see how the laps are passing, and when the others have the drop of the tyre, let's see if we can recover more positions. 

"But the rain came, and I think maybe this was a problem, because five races that I crashed, five zeroes - not easy when the rain comes. We are humans, and I didn't have the feeling. So if we think about the grid position plus the rain, for sure it's what I expected."