Suzuki Ecstar rider places 8th at San Marino GP, his best result in MotoGP, held in tricky wet conditions.

Álex Rins continues to adapt well to the MotoGP class in the second half of his rookie season. The Suzuki Ecstar rider placed 8th at Misano under difficult conditions, due to heavy rain at the Italian track. The result is his best to date in the premier class, and represents a second consecutive Top 10 finish.

In the race Rins progressed lap after lap after starting from 20th on the grid, battling for the points from the opening laps. His pace took him up to 8th, where he remained at the chequered flag –demonstrating his maturity in demanding conditions despite his young age. Following the San Marino GP, the Suzuki Ecstar rider is 19th in the overall standings with 27 points.

The next round of the MotoGP season takes place at MotorLand Aragón, a home track for Rins, from September 22nd-24th.

Álex Rins

“I’m happy about this result. During the whole weekend we struggled in dry conditions, but on wet we did a very good job. After the start I found myself in last position. It was a problem with visibility, with all the water kicked up by the other riders ahead of me. Little by little I managed to recover positions, setting my own pace. I saw I could get up to the 9th position and settled behind the rider ahead, where I waited until the last lap to attempt the challenge for 8th place. Then in the last corners we crossed lines with another rider and I lost some ground, without a chance to recover further. My team prepared a fantastic setup for the wet, despite only lapping for 20 minutes in this morning’s warmup.”