Heading into his third MotoGP season with the Suzuki Factory team, Alex Rins is on a roll. With some strong finishes closing out the 2018 season, Rins has made great strides over the short course of his MotoGP career. Being a newer rider to the series, Rins tops the charts in both consistency and speed index projection rates. The 2019 season will reveal important analysis as now the Suzuki rider must maintain this improvement to continue on a linear path.
Below we have provided graphs tracking both his average speed index as well as his average consistency index over time. These graphs represent an annual average with all races combined for the past 5 years. If you are unfamiliar with our indexes, a rider’s speed index is calculated from sector times for every circuit of every race. A rider’s consistency index quantifies their ability to keep consistency sector times on a lap by lap basis. For both indexes, a smaller value = faster sector times with little variation (high consistency).
Alex Rins has remained with Suzuki for all two years of analysis.
Moving forward, we hope to see Rins maintain his momentum from the 2018 season. With competitive speeds we would like to see him focus on his sector consistency as this is often an obstacle for riders newer to the series. Improving his sector time consistency will supplement his already competitive sector times, giving him an advantage against other riders. On the contrary, if Rins puts pressure on to improving his times with less emphasis on consistency, we may see a stunt in his growth as a rider – one fast lap can’t win a race alone.