Alex Rins has confirmed his long-term MotoGP future will be at Suzuki after the Spaniard announcing today he has will remain with the works outfit for a further two seasons.
Rins debuted with Suzuki in the premier class back in 2017, claiming two victories to end a a three-season winless drought for the team. First at the United States Grand Prix before fending off Marc Marquez in an exhilarating British Grand Prix to clinch victory by a mere 0.014s.
Suzuki’s latest GSX-RR bike proved to be extremely quick in pre-season testing, prompting Marquez to admit that the team may in fact be ahead of Honda. Rins finished the Sepang test third overall and was fourth fastest in Qatar two weeks later.
Suzuki’s announcement makes them the third team to have begun shaping their post-2020 rider lineup.
Earlier in the year Yamaha confirmed that Maverick Vinales would be staying onboard while promoting 2019 rookie of year Fabio Quartararo from the team’s satellite squad to its factory outfit.
Meanwhile, Honda secured the services of six-time world champion Marc Marquez for a further four seasons on a supposed €100 million deal.
Rins’ teammate Joan Mir is yet to agree on a contract renewal, though Mir is widely tipped to remain onboard with Suzuki for at least another season.