Factory Suzuki Ecstar Team #42 Spanish
Álex Rins Navarro, Born in Barcelona, on 8th December 1995. He is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer. Rins was the 2011 championship winner of the Spanish 125GP series. His début in Moto3 was in 2012.
Álex Rins won the CEV Spanish 125GP series.
Moto3 World Championship
Rins began his career in Moto3 with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team. In his second race, Rins took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix. He took his first podium in France with third place. He was very consistent throughout the remainder of the season, regularly finishing in the top ten. He finished fifth in the final standings and became the rookie of the year.
This year was his breakthrough year. Rins getting 6 wins,14 podiums and 8 poles and was in the running for the title all throughout the season, and finished second only to Maverick Viñales by a very small margin of 12 points.
He continued to race for Estrella Galicia in 2014. But the 2014 season saw a dip in Rins' performance with 2 wins, 8 podiums and 4 poles he finished the season in third place in the riders' championship.
Moto2 world championship
Álex Rins moved to Moto2 for the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 team riding a Kalex machine and was a very good season for Rins. In a season dominated by Johann Zarco Rins got two wins at Indianapolis, USA and Philip Island, Australia. Five seconds, Argentina, Catalunya, Spain, Silverstone, Britain, Aragon, and Valencia, both in Spain. Three thirds in COTA, Texas, USA, Sachsenring, Germany and Brno, Czech Republic. He took ten podiums. Finishing second in the final standings with 234 points and winning the rookie of the year.
Rins was a title challenger, he finished third in the Championship with two wins at COTA, Texas, USA and Le Mans, France. Three second places at Catalunya, Spain, Brno, Czech Republic and San Marino, Italy and two thirds Jerez, Spain and Austria. Taking fourteen top ten finishes, scoring 214 points.
MotoGP World Championship
Rins moved to MotoGP with an enviable ride for the Factory Team Suzuki Ecstar.
Rins was impressive and took two top five results, a fourth in Valencia, Spain and a fifth in Motegi, Japan. He may have had more if it wasn’t for a crash at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA, where he crashed in practise, fracturing his wrist causing him to miss the next four races, after injuring his ankle in Argentina. He scored 59 points and was16th in the Championship.
In 2018 he starts his second season with Suzuki and is hoping to be a lot higher in the standings and competing for podiums.
- Roland Potter