Suzuki confirms Rins' injuries after crash
17 November 2016 – Suzuki has confirmed that Alex Rins suffered "lesions of thoracic vertebrae T8 and T12" as a result of his crash on the second and final day of MotoGP testing in Valencia.
Rins crashed heavily at Turn 12 in the early stages of Wednesday's session, just before a similar incident for team-mate Andrea Iannone, which brought out the red flags.
Rins was initially taken to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo's medical centre, where he complained of back pain, before a visit to Hospital Nisa 9 de Octubre revealed his back injuries.
Rins remained in hospital overnight, and is due to be transported to Barcelona on Thursday for further medical checks, with the injuries likely to force him to take a month off.
"It was a pity to crash because I was eager to improve the feeling with the bike and we were following the correct work-plan with the team," said Rins, reflecting on the incident.
"I'm disappointed because this test was important to find out the first impressions and to get confidence with the bike, but unfortunately we can't change what was happened.
"Now it's time to come back home, take some rest; and then think about the pre-season.
"I would like to thank all the Suzuki members for the kindness to me during these set-up days and for all the work they did to show me the best way to kick-off in the MotoGP world."
Iannone escaped from his crash to return to action later in the day.