May 17, 2018 / 9:57 AM / 10 months ago

Motorcycling: Rins staying at Suzuki MotoGP team for two more years

FILE PHOTO: Motorcycle Racing - Argentina Motorcycle Grand Prix - MotoGP race - Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina - April 8, 2018 - Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Alex Rins (42) of Spain, Alma Pramac Racing rider Jack Miller of Australia, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco (5) of France and LCR Honda Castrol rider Cal Crutchlow of Britain compete. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci/File Photo

(Reuters) - Spanish rider Alex Rins has signed a two-year extension with Suzuki, the MotoGP team announced on Thursday ahead of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Rins made his MotoGP debut last year and is now signed up until the end of 2020.

The 22-year-old had his first top flight podium this year with third place in Argentina in April.

“Alex is growing and improving fast, and knowing that we will have a long time together allows everybody to concentrate and work even harder to achieve important results with him,” said team manager Davide Brivio in a statement.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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