Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins reflects on an up and down season which saw him struggle to perform at his optimum level, but gave him plenty of food for thought…
2021 is almost over! In racing terms, of course, we’ve already finished everything. Although after the end of the season and the test in Jerez we went to visit EICMA in Milan. But now it’s time to be at home with my family and enjoying a bit of rest.
It’s quite strange to look back at this year, because in many ways it has gone quickly, but it has also been a very long and tricky season. There are some things that I would like to forget, like the crashes and especially the string of four DNFs in a row that I had. It was hard for me because I was trying at my maximum in every race and it just kept resulting in crashes. But I don’t see this as a completely bad thing, because in reality I learned a lot from those struggles, I had to deal with those disappointments and that pressure, and so I can say that at least I learned from the bad moments.
I had to deal with disappointments and pressure, I learned a lot from those struggles.
As a team we all worked together, and I felt the support of my crew. My goal was to be more consistent, and we all collaborated to figure out how to make that happen. Next season we want to pull everything we learned together and make it pay.
To be honest with you, my motivation is as high as ever, I will keep training at the maximum. Last year I think I made a big step in my training at home, and I saw that after the races I’m a bit tired, but in general I recover quickly and I feel strong - even after hard races. So, I will continue to push hard and train hard.
On the bike side, the 2021 GSX-RR has been good, but for sure we need to improve. That’s normal in MotoGP; you’re always searching for more. I hope we can work on the aerodynamic side and the engine side. The chassis is an area that we often improve on, and it helps us with corner speed and turning, but the engine and the aero are also very important, and I think we missed that a bit this year, so let’s see if we can make progress next year and during the pre-season. In fact, this year there is a very short gap without track action, because we’ll already be in Malaysia during the first week of February. But so far, with the things we tried in Jerez, I feel pretty confident that we’ll have a strong bike in 2022.
I feel pretty confident that we’ll have a strong bike in 2022.
So all this means that there won’t be much time to relax! But I’m planning on taking around 10 days out of the gym to enjoy other things, although I’ll still be active! Andorra at this time of year is great because there are lots of possibilities to enjoy exercising outdoors in nature – I can’t wait to go snowboarding and skiing. And of course, I’ll spend more time with little Lucas too – he’s growing fast!
I’m happy to close this season with some nice memories, such as the podium in Silverstone, and it’s been great at the last few races to see lots more fans back at the circuits. Valencia was amazing, the paddock was so full, almost like old times. But there are two sides to it because when you want to get from your motorhome to the box and you’re on a scooter it can be tricky to move…but it’s also really nice when people want to have a photo with you, or your autograph. I’m happy to meet my supporters, and I get a real boost when I see them in the grandstands cheering for me, especially after I’ve passed the chequered flag and I can wave to them!
Let’s hope in 2022 we can continue to get back to normality and enjoy more races all together. Personally speaking, I have a goal for next year, but I can’t tell you because if I tell you….well, let’s just say that I’m very superstitious! I will keep it as a secret for now.