News 18 May 2018

Rins secures two-year contract extension with Team Suzuki Ecstar

Spaniard strengthens future in MotoGP World Championship through 2020 season.

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Team Suzuki Ecstar has revealed current youthful talent Alex Rins will remain with the outfit for the 2019 and 2020 seasons of the MotoGP World Championship.

Rins initially signed on with the team in 2017, which marked his graduation to the premier class. Following a steady start, the Spaniard has lodged a number of improving results, including notching up his first podium at the second stop of the 2018 tour in Argentina.

“I’m very happy about this contract renewal,” Rins expressed. “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. 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 has 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.”

Rins currently sits 12th in the championship standings ahead of this weekend’s grand prix in Le Mans, France. The future of Rins’ teammate Andrea Iannone with the Suzuki squad is unclear as he holds down fourth in the standings.