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MotoGP Assen: Vinales, Iannone react to Rins-Suzuki deal

“Alex is a really good rider, talented, so he will go fast for sure” - Maverick Vinales.
Maverick Vinales and Andrea Iannone both believe 2017 MotoGP rookie Alex Rins won't take long to make his mark in the premier-class.

With Vinales moving to the factory Yamaha team, Moto2 title leader Rins has now been confirmed as taking over his Suzuki MotoGP seat.

“For sure I need to say congratulations to him because it's good when you move to MotoGP in a factory team,” said Vinales, speaking in the paddock on Thursday at Assen. “And I'm going to leave [him] a really good team! What we've created; this atmosphere, this work, this progress. Anyway I think Alex is a really good rider, talented, so he will go fast for sure.”

Iannone will be team-mate to Rins next season, having agreed to join Suzuki from Ducati.

“[Rins] is young and strong rider and I'm very happy,” Iannone said. “It's always good when you have a strong team-mate. I think in the first part of the championship he has a good possibility to learn from me, because I have more experience in MotoGP, but I think he will understand the MotoGP class very fast. For sure he is very strong and very fast.”

The arrival of Iannone and Rins has left no place for Aleix Espargaro, who looks set to join Aprilia. An official announcement is rumoured for this weekend.

By Peter McLaren

Tagged as: Iannone , Vinales , Rins

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June 24, 2016 8:28 AM

Rins is not like Alex Marquez or Rabat. Rins is very talented and superfast BUT Iannone is basically one of the aliens and I dont think Rins will be anywhere close to Iannone in the first year, I think Iannone will make Rins look quite slow. Nothing against Rins, AI is just very fast and experienced.


June 24, 2016 3:18 AM

Rexxy: Rins is a quick learner like mav and silky smooth like jlo ....Beating Rins will be a huge challenge for Joe from second half of the season
Let's not put too much on Rins' shoulders too fast. He may not adapt well......or he may adapt very well. It's a toss up, so let's not make premature predictions. We can see how fast Rabat was in Moto2, and how he is struggling big time at the back. We can also see how Pol was fast in Moto2 as well, but he didn't exactly come into GP and start cleaning clocks. Same goes for Smith and others. Give Rins time to adjust before we go on talking about how it'll only take him 9 races to be regularly beating a teammate who is proven to be fast and a podium contender (be it on satellite machinery or factory machinery).
just like alex marquez. nowhere near the front since he started at Moto2

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