Schwantz rates Rins: ‘He just needs time’

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Kevin Schwantz might have given An­drea Iannone a se­vere tongue­lash­ing, but he rates Alex Rins and can see his po­ten­tial.

Miss­ing a mas­sive chunk of the sea­son so far due to var­i­ous in­juries, the youngest rider on the grid has only started four of the sea­son’s nine races – but the vet­eran Amer­i­can is hop­ing that the sum­mer break will give him the chance to start afresh.

“You can’t blame Alex too much be­cause he’s a rookie, he doesn’t know much, and he’s been in­jured and is a lit­tle bit frag­ile – he isn’t that con­fi­dent yet. I hope the sum­mer break will give him a chance to get fit and get his con­fi­dence back, and maybe he’ll be a bit more like Mav­er­ick was at the start. I don’t want Alex to be Mav­er­ick – I want him to be Alex – but I want him to be fit and I want to see his true po­ten­tial, be­cause we haven’t seen it yet.”

Rookie has time to find his con­fi­dence

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