Alex Rins has a lot on his mind. Our talk takes place in a period when his name is being associated with numerous MotoGP teams (and would shortly be confirmed with the factory Suzuki crew for 2017) and he is even being hoisted by some in the Grand Prix paddock as an example of a rider wishing to vault direct from Moto2 into a factory-supported saddle; by-passing some of the independent and satellite squads that traditionally have been the breeding ground for rookies and young talent. It reflects his ambition and is a ballsy desire.
The 20 year old from the heart of Barcelona is caught between thinking of ‘tomorrow’ while having to direct all of his energy and focus on ‘today’. Rins is part of a tight three rider chase for the Moto2 title together with defending number one Johann Zarco and Britain’s Sam Lowes. The trio have all won Grands Prix this season, have all led the standings and remain almost a GP within each other in terms of points as Zarco currently tops the table.
Rins, another exceptional Catalan motorcycle athlete and from stock in the Spanish region that includes the likes of Marquez’, Espargaros’, Pedrosa, Coma, Bou, Viñales, has long been on the MotoGP radar. A winner in both Moto3 and Moto2 (this is his second term in his current category) he is perhaps best remembered for being one of three athletes (together with Viñales and the late Luis Salom) to head into the last race, last corner dispute for the 2013 Moto3 championship at Valencia from which he emerged from that sensational drag-race to the line to finish second in the standings.
A quick learner and with copious reserves of natural ability on two wheels – as well as a possessor of a vast smile – Rins gives off an air of confidence in our conversation and almost prefaces every answer with a brief laugh. He has faced constant inquisition over his career choices for the foreseeable future and seems quite pleased to talk about other aspects of his life…