Suzuki boss reveals why Alex Rins’ motorbike caught fire in Mandalika


Alex Rins’ scary moment during the Mandalika MotoGP series or the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia was when his motorbike caught fire. This incident occurred during free practice or free practice 4, what caused the Suzuki GSX-RR motorcycle to suddenly burn?

Project Leader and Team Director of MotoGP Suzuki Ecstar, Shinici Sahara, said the problem experienced by Alex Rins during free practice 4 at the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit was not from the engine, but a leak in the oil line.

“I can’t talk about the details (the problem with Alex Rins’ burning motorbike). We do have a problem with the oil line. And the leaking oil fell into the exhaust area and finally caught fire,” when met by Suzuki Sejahtera Buana Strada dealer in Sunter, North Jakarta, Tuesday ( 22/3/2022).

Sahara apologized for the incident that made one of the Ducati riders, Johann Zarco crash at Turn 10. The red flag was also raised to clear the lane.

“Oil leaked on the track, there was a Ducati rider who fell (Johann Zarco), I apologize to Ducati for the incident,” he added.

Sahara believes that the burning motorcycle incident will not happen again in the future. The leak problem did not spread to the engine.

“The problem is not with the engine, but with the oil line,” he added.

“In the end we can fix the problem. We are sure that the problem will not happen again in the next grand prix,” said Sahara.

Shinichi Sahara Photo: Ridwan Arifin

As is known, the Suzuki GSX-RR, Alex Rins caught fire at Turn 10 of the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit. His condition worsened as Rins passed Turns 11 and 12. In the end, Rins jumped off the burning motorcycle at Turn 13.

Alex Rins Jumped when his bike caught fireAlex Rins Jumps when his motorbike catches fire Photo: Pool (twitter MotoGP 2022)

The burning motor problem did not occur again in the next session. During the race, Alex Rins, who started from position 9, was able to finish the race by improving his position better. He finished in fifth place.

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