Rins proves he’s a contender
O Orins Rins bags podium as Suzuki mmatch pace of Honda and Yamaha
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.”
Rins and Suzuki have become a impressive pair
Rins is now one of Motogp’s hottest prospects for 2019