Alex Rins has shown his talent in the Moto2 and Moto3 world championships earlier in his career. Ever since he joined MotoGP, he has been delivering lap times close to that of some experienced riders. At the 2018 Argentina GP, Alex won his debut podium. And that was when Suzuki knew to keep the Spaniard.
Rumors of Suzuki extending Alex’s contract were up since Argentina GP. Now, it is official. Suzuki has extended his contract by two years. This means that Alex will be a part of the factory Suzuki MotoGP till at least until the end of 2020.
Speaking about the extension of his contract, Alex said, “I’m very happy about this contract renewal. Even when I was still in Moto2, and I was planning to move to MotoGP, it was always the Suzuki project which looked brightest and most interesting in my eyes. My debut last year was complicated; there was my back injury in the 2016 Valencia test, then the ankle injury while training, and finally the arm injury in Austin. So after only two races we had already been through a very tough time, but I always felt the affection and support of Suzuki and the whole team.”
He further added, “We were able to turn the situation around through being patient, working hard, and being consistent, and finally this year we got the first podium together with my third place in Argentina. But no matter the results, whether good or bad, the mood in the box has always been positive. The project that the team have set up for me is fantastic, I can fully trust the capabilities of the Company and the team when it comes to development and improvement, and I’m sure we can continue to aim for big results. Now we only have to keep on working hard to see just how far we can go.”
After experiencing a series of injury during his debut year in MotoGP, Alex and Suzuki worked extremely hard to turn things into a positive direction. This resulted in Alex scoring his career-best sixth place on the grid at the Qatar GP this year. However, after getting a podium finish in Argentina, he crashed out of the race in Austin GP, and then again in the last race at Jerez. Perhaps, he pushed a bit too much.
Davide Brivio, Suzuki Team Manager, commented on this new deal, “I’m very happy that we have been able to finalize the renewal of Alex’s contract for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons. Alex is growing and improving fast, and knowing that we will have a long time together allows everybody to concentrate and work even harder to achieve important results with him.”
He continued, “I’m glad that Alex was happy to stay with us, and I want to thank Alex’s crew and everyone in the Team, as well as all the staff in Japan for creating a nice environment where he feels he can continue to work well and grow. Now let’s carry on doing a great job with this exciting project together.”