Suzuki Ecstar rider continues to take steps forward in his adaptation to MotoGP, and has already finished in the Top 9 in four of the last five races.

Álex Rins put in another solid performance in the MotoGP World Championship at the Australian GP. At Phillip Island, one of his favourite circuits, he was always up with the front group and finished in eighth position.

Starting from 13th on the grid, Rins made a good start that allowed him to quickly recover positions. As the race progressed, the 21-year-old rode comfortably at a good pace, progressively approaching the group leading the race. Despite not being able to enter the fight for the Top 6, Rins managed to maintain the pace and took 8th, overcoming even a drastic drop in tyre performance.

The next round of the World Championship will take place this weekend at Sepang: The Malaysian Grand Prix.

Álex Rins

“I’m very happy for the result because this weekend has been a very complicated one thanks to the variable and hard weather conditions. But today I felt really good and the position was not bad at all. I was able to stay with the leading group for nearly the whole race, but then with six or seven laps to go I had to give up because the rear grip had a big drop. It was getting worn and I couldn’t make any further attempts. The GSX-RR behaved very well and I’m happy. The fight in the leading group has been very fierce and it was nice to see both our Suzuki’s in the mix. This means that the development that we are doing on the bike is working, and I feel I’m improving myself as well, which give me confidence for the future.”