Rins reveals injury was caused by mobile phone distraction

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MotoGP - Teruel Grand Prix - Ciudad del Motor de Aragon, Alcaniz, Spain - October 25, 2020 Team Suzuki Ecstar's Alex Rins celebrates after finishing second REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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June 17 (Reuters) - Suzuki's Spanish MotoGP rider Alex Rins revealed on Thursday the injury that ruled him out of his home Catalan grand prix this month was caused by riding his bicycle into a van while messaging on a mobile phone.

"Normally I'm not playing with the mobile when I'm on my bicycle unless I'm writing an important message," the 25-year-old told reporters at the Sachsenring after being cleared to return at Sunday's German Grand Prix.

"It's hard, undoubtedly. But I prefer to ride into a van, as happened, than to hit another person. Imagine if there had been people there and not the van, that would have been even worse."

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Rins, team mate to world champion Joan Mir, required surgery after fracturing his wrist in the June 4 accident at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

He said he was not 100% but able to ride in Friday's practice.

"I'm feeling pain but it's OK," he said.

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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