Alex Rins announced his re-signing with Suzuki in MotoGP in a new deal, which runs until the 2022 season.
With COVID-19 pandemic derailing much of the 2020 MotoGP season, teams and riders have had to sort out their contracts on the past results, without any idea of the participants’ current form. For some it is an easy decision but not for all.
Rins likely falls in the former category as the Spaniard announced a new two-year extension with Suzuki, which will keep him in the Japanese manufacturers’ colours for until the 2022 MotoGP season. The announcement came through Instagram Live chat.
The new deal will make it six years of Rins with Suzuki in MotoGP after the Spaniard joined the Japanese manufacturer in 2017 when he made his premier class debut. In the three seasons, he has eight podiums so far and two wins to his name.
Rins even secured his best result of fourth in the 2019 riders’ championship and looked like a real contender for the 2020 MotoGP championship, co-incinding with the improvements made by Suzuki on both engine and chassis side, to match its competitors.
“My wish was to continue with Suzuki and finally this is what I did,” said Rins. “I believe that the project has the potential to be a winning one, I have the desire to win, and so we match perfectly. It’s the perfect place for me, and we are working hard all together to get big results.
“I have always believed in the team and for this reason it was easy to get to the basic agreement very early on. Then we took some time to finalise the details and follow all the internal processes. Now we have to understand what’s going to happen with the 2020 season, we are ready to compete at the maximum level, as we already showed in the pre-season tests.
“In this very moment the whole world is facing an unexpected situation that affects pretty much all countries and we need to be patient and see how it evolves. We will make ourselves ready for when we will be called to start racing, whenever this will happen.
“Dorna is doing all they can to allow us to compete, but they are of course taking into account what matters most: the safety and health of people. We can only stay ready and wait to be told when we can start, and in the meantime focus on training,” summed up Rins.
“We are very happy to confirm Alex Rins as a Factory Rider of Team Suzuki MotoGP for two more seasons; 2021 and 2022,” said Davide Brivio. “With this agreement we take our relationship to 6 years, and we believe that this stability will prove positive for all of us.
“I must say that this agreement was just awaiting a ‘stamp’ on it, because both Suzuki and Alex had the will to continue together and a basic agreement for the continuation was already achieved months ago.
“So now that everything is done we can finally proudly announce it. As a team our aim is to keep the whole working group together and become even stronger, we had a fantastic end of the season last year and this is the starting point we want to rely on when we will be able to start racing again.”
Suzuki and Alex Rins extend their partnership for 2021 and 2022! The announcement was made via a special Instagram Live event. The team are thrilled with the renewal, which sees Alex remain in Team Suzuki Ecstar colours for 6 years 💙 @MotoGP #SUZUKing @Rins42 pic.twitter.com/q6hOB7fRxZ
— Team Suzuki Ecstar (@suzukimotogp) April 19, 2020
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