After showing unfulfilled early season potential, Alex Rins’ podium drought finally came to an end at Silverstone with second place.

Following several early season crashes while running inside the top five and hopes of a championship challenge dashed, Rins admitted it was ‘hard to accept’, but that work put in with his team and a new approach following the summer break led to his improved performance.

Rins said: "It was quite hard to accept, but in the end I worked really hard with my team - my personal team and my race team. 

"After the summer break we arrived in Austria with a different mentality, trying to go race by race, to learn and enjoy the riding. In the end I think this is the best idea. 

"We suffered a little bit in Austria for the layout and everything, but Silverstone we were able to show our real potential." 

While the podium wait was extensive for Rins- 12 races to be precise, it’s a result that might have come at the right time for the Suzuki rider with Aragon up next - the venue of Rins’ last win. 

The challenge for Rins will be continuing this momentum into the final six races as Silverstone has always been one of his better tracks. 

But when discussing Aragon - another one of his better rounds statistically, Rins added: "I think we arrive here with a lot of confidence, it’s a track that I really enjoy, the layout is unbelievable. 

"But you know, all the riders are super fast and the level in MotoGP is super high, so let’s see where we are. We will give our 100%."