Petronas SRT Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli says he was “scared” by the pace MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix winner Alex Rins displayed on his Suzuki in the early stages of Sunday’s race.
Morbidelli ran in third on the opening two laps of the Aragon GP before Rins passed him on the third tour at Turn 1, with the Suzuki rider leaping up from 10th on the grid.
The SRT rider would fall victim to the sister Suzuki of Joan Mir in the following laps, before eventually finishing sixth after LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami pipped him for fifth late on.
The Suzuki often produces stronger pace over the second half of races compared to its rivals due to its excellent tyre preservation, but generally takes a few laps at the start to settle into strong pace.
However, after seeing Rins come by him in Suzuki’s “mode” so early, Morbidelli says “you have to be scared”.
“I saw a Suzuki in a really good shape in this race,” Morbidelli said. “When you see them in their ‘mode’ so early in the race, you have to be scared.
“I was scared because I was expecting the Suzukis, but not this early in the race. Rins overtook me on, I think, the third lap – I was impressed by that.
“What you see when you’re behind them is they have unbelievable grip and unbelievable drive out of the corners, and they are able just to ride on a different level compared to you.”
Morbidelli says he struggled for pace in the