Alex Rins has signed a contract extension with Team Suzuki Ecstar that will keep him in blue until the end of the 2022 season.
Rins joined Suzuki for the 2017 season as a MotoGP rookie, but injuries hampered his year. However, he showed flashes of potential and built on that in 2018, taking his first podium.
The 2019 season saw him establish himself among the championship challengers with two race victories to his name, and the Spaniard had enjoyed a positive preseason ahead of the 2020 season, which is currently on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. However, Rins' signing shows both his and Suzuki's optimism and belief that they are ready to challenge for wins and championships when racing resumes.
Rins said, "My wish was to continue with Suzuki and finally this is what I did. 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."
Team manager Davide Brivio added, "We are very happy to confirm Alex Rins as a factory rider of Team Suzuki MotoGP for two more seasons; 2021 and 2022. With this agreement we take our relationship to six 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."