Álex Rins was born on December 8th, 1995 in Barcelona, Spain to Rafael and Victoria. His first contact with the world of motorsport occurred very early in his life, as is so often the case with riders in World Championship racing! The first time he had a go on a motorised machine, Álex was only three. It was in 1998, when he was able to ride a quad that he had been given as a present. It was only his first try, but it would leave a significant and permanent mark on him.
Three years later, in 2001, a couple of friends of his father, Rafa, encouraged him to put Álex on a motorcycle just as a test. Rafa put his son on a Lem when he was four, and it seems that experience changed the rest of his life. It was enough to make him finally park the quad and start to dream of owning his own bike. Because of his insistence, Rins fulfilled his dream two years later and his parents ended up buying him a 50cc KTM motocross bike. On the Constantí circuit he nurtured his passion and began to train with his motorcycle. The following year, in 2003, thanks in great part to Montse Costa, he was able to participate in the Catalan and Aragonese Championships, obtaining a victory in the latter.
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His true love for circuit racing began in 2005, when Álex debuted in this discipline competing in the last three events of the Promo 50cc calendar. Two years later Álex rounded off a masterful season by winning the Catalan 80cc Championship, the 70cc Promo, the Mediterranean 80cc Championship, and the 12 hours of Vic Endurance. Fast forward to 2008 - a year of discovery for Rins. After an excellent season in the Championship of Cataluña and in the Mediterranean in Pre125GP, someone important became aware of his talent…
Emilio Alzamora, former 125cc World Champion, fortuitously met Álex at the Almeria circuit and offered him his first ever contract, to enroll in the structure of the Monlau School. At the age of 14, he entered the Spanish Speed Championship (CEV) and during his first race he impressed everyone. In 2010 Álex defeated more mature riders like Maverick Viñales and Miguel Oliveira, and achieved his first victory. He would go on to close the season with a fantastic third place. Álex Rins developed a reputation for being able to fight for victory in every race. His burgeoning talent secured sponsorship from a real giant; Repsol, who chose to gamble on him for even greater challenges.
Expectations grew and the pressure to win increased considerably during the Spanish Championship (CEV) of 2011. Nevertheless, Álex knew how to control it, he rose to the occasion, and was crowned Champion with two victories and three podiums places in seven races. In addition, he completed an incredible season by becoming European runner-up, surpassed only by Italy’s Romano Fenati.
When he was just 16 years old, he already held the Spanish title and was a European runner-up, and in 2012 an opportunity in the Moto3 World Championship became available to him. With the support of Repsol and Estrella Galicia, Álex made the leap to Moto3 riding a Honda bike. Two races were enough to get his first Pole Position in Jerez, and only four to get his first win at Le Mans, where he proved that people who had bet on him had not been wrong. With a slightly inferior motorcycle and on circuits that he did not know, he demonstrated his greatness in races. All the effort and hard work from the team led him to get 141 points in the World Championship. He earned the well-deserved 2012 Rookie of the Year title in Moto3 and finished fifth in the final standings.
A few months later, in 2013, the Barcelona rider began to truly dedicate himself to the sport. With a more competitive bike and the experience of a year in the World Championships behind him, he only had to concentrate on the task at hand; fighting for the title until the very last race in the tightest finish in the history of the championship. Álex visited the podium in almost all the races, obtained six victories and eight pole positions. Everything was at stake with Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales and it was the latter who finally tasted glory in Valencia. But seldom has a young man achieved what Álex Rins had in just his second year within the World Championship. He had six victories and got pole position eight times.
In 2014 he left his reliable KTM and opted for the brand new Honda, a big question mark. At the conclusion of the season he secured third position in the final standings. Shortly thereafter it became public that during the 2015 season he would make the jump to Moto 2 with the Páginas Amarillas HP40 Team, managed by former 250cc World Champion Sito Pons. The year ended with the balance sheet at two wins and six podiums.
In Moto2 he didn’t let anyone down. In his first year, Álex was more than successful, closing the season with the runner-up title and again receiving the Rookie of the Year title. His performances improved race by race and he finished the year with a total of ten podiums, five second places, and two victories in Australia and Indianapolis, plus three poles in his first season in Moto2.
A year later all eyes were focused on Álex and Johann Zarco, the reigning World Champion. Until the middle of the season he was fighting for the title with the French rider but several inopportune falls and a shoulder injury drastically reduced his chances to fight for the crown. He concluded the season with third position and a total of seven podiums, with two victories and one pole position.
2017 marked his debut in the MotoGP class, joining as a Factory Rider with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR. It turned out to be a baptism of fire for the Spaniard, who was hit by injuries in the pre-season test, in winter training, and – most costly of all – in Friday Free Practice in Texas, where he broke his right wrist. His recovery took 5 races, and when he finally got back on his GSX-RR in Assen he had to re-start his whole approach to MotoGP. His growth since that moment was consistent and fast, allowing him to be fully prepared for a much happier 2018 season.
The 2018 season, Álex’s second in MotoGP, was much smoother sailing with fewer injuries and a much more competitive GSX-RR. Rins started with a bang in Argentina, taking his first MotoGP podium (3rd place). This led him to an outstanding second half of the season with three 2nd places (Netherlands, Malaysia and Valencia) and one 3rd place in Japan - an especially important podium in front of Suzuki Motor Corporation’s President Mr. Toshihiro Suzuki. He closed the year in a great 5th place in the standings.
Last season Álex was finally able to confirm his place among the true front runners in the Championship, even leading the way early in the year. After scoring 4th and 5th in the first two races of the season, Álex took a superb victory at the Circuit of the Americas, backing it up with a 2nd place in Spain three weeks later. His own confidence, coupled with the increased competitiveness of the 2019 GSX-RR, allowed him to achieve a strong season - marred only by a couple of crashes mid-way through the Championship. Álex scored eleven Top 5 finishes, and a second stunning win in Great Britain cemented his and Suzuki’s status as true contenders. His consistent year saw him end 2019 with a very respectable 4th place in the rankings. Rins enters 2020, his fourth season with Suzuki, with more determination and self-belief than ever, ready to fight for the top positions at every race.
The tough 2020 season wasn’t not only marred by Covid-19 but also by injury for Álex Rins. A nasty shoulder injury was sustained by the rider in qualifying for the opening round and it would continue to cost him as he underwent a lengthly recovery and suffered with pain. However, by the San Marino GP he was already gaining ground as he placed 5th in the race. He continued to show great strength and perseverance and climbed onto the podium at the Catalan GP in the season’s midpoint. A superb win in Aragon put him into title contention with his team-mate, Joan Mir, and he took a further two podiums in his quest for a top finish. Despite a difficult season closer, Álex took a brilliant 3rd in the championship standings, helping Team Suzuki Ecstar to achieve the Team’s Championship.
The 2021 season tested Alex to his limits after a string of crashes and an injury harmed his chances in the title race. Although he closed the year in 13th place, he enjoyed several races where his pace was clear to see, including a great 2nd position at Silverstone. The speed is there, and so Alex heads into 2022 with one clear aim; consistency.