- Australian GP victories
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Barcelona, Spain
Regarded as one of the future stars of MotoGP™, Alex Rins is unlucky not to already have a world championship to his name.
He entered the Moto3™ class in 2015, where he grabbed pole position in just his second race and was celebrating on the podium by his fourth. He managed 14 podium finishes in just his second season, including six wins, but narrowly missed out on the title to fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales.
His switch to the Moto2™ category for 2015 netted 10 podiums and three pole positions but that still wasn’t enough for a title.
He finished third overall in 2016 and, after 40 podiums from 88 starts in the lower ranks, was signed by factory Suzuki MotoGP squad the next year.
Brimming with potential and one of the smoothest riding styles in the category, his debut season in the MotoGP was hampered by injury when he fractured his ankle in a motocross crash after the opening round. He lined up for a second race, but pain forced his retirement and he sat out the next five races.
Fully fit and as equally determined, the 22-year-old had a chequered start to 2018, managing two fiercely fought podiums in the first half of the season, as well as suffering four crashes.
The Spaniard finished 2018 with podium finishes in Malaysia and Valencia, he will be hoping to continue this strong form into 2019. Rins knows the Phillip Island circuit well, and has twice won in Australia, once in 2013 in Moto3™ and again in 2015 in Moto2™.