Rins proves he’s a con­tender

O Orins Rins bags podium as Suzuki mmatch pace of Honda and Yamaha

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Content - By Si­mon Pat­ter­son MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

Alex Rins showed just how po­tent he and his GSX-RR have be­come af­ter tak­ing Suzuki’s eighth podium of 2018 and mov­ing into fifth in the cham­pi­onship in only his sec­ond sea­son in the premier class.

Com­ing just a day af­ter reign­ing world cham­pion Marc Mar­quez ad­mit­ted the Suzuki is now a gen­uine ti­tle con­tender in the right hands, Rins’ im­prove­ment and his two podi­ums in the last three races means the youngest rider in Mo­togp is fast be­com­ing a 2019 dark horse.

Prov­ing the sense of Mo­togp’s sys­tem of con­ces­sions, whereby mid-sea­son up­dates were al­lowed af­ter a dis­as­trous 2017 cam­paign, Rins says this year’s bike is now one of the strong­est on the grid.

“Since the mid­dle of the year we’ve made a very big step. Since Assen, when Suzuki brought a new en­gine with more power at the top end, we’ve im­proved a lot. It means that we can hold our own and fight with Honda and Yamaha down the straights.

“But my ex­pe­ri­ence is also in­creas­ing and that helps, too. I can con­trol the tyres and elec­tron­ics more, and with that I’ve been able to fight more.”

But although also the third­high­est scor­ing rider since the sum­mer break, be­hind only Mar­quez and Dovizioso in points since Brno, Rins is not declar­ing him­self a ti­tle con­tender for next sea­son just yet.

But if he can con­tinue his form on a new bike, that test rider Syl­vain Guin­toli says is bet­ter than ever, there’s no rea­son he can’t be a win­ner.

“Al­ready Syl­vain is say­ing the new en­gine looks to be very good. We’ll see what hap­pens next year and I’ll try to do my best to beat these guys and to be more con­sis­tent.”

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