Moto2 title contender Alex Rins sought the opinion of Maverick Vinales as he pondered the opportunity to join Suzuki in the MotoGP World Championship next year.
Rins and Andrea Iannone have been confirmed in the factory team to ride the GSX-RR and the young Spanish rider said he was excited by the prospect of making his premier class bow next season.
“Finally I can say I will race next year in MotoGP and this is good pressure because I think that all my career, we are working for the chance to race in MotoGP,” he said.
“My manager wasn't talking so much with too many teams but we decide on Suzuki because I think that it is a really young team and also it's very family [orientated].
“Also, I spoke with Maverick [Vinales] and asked for his opinion and he told me that it is a really good team,” he added.
“With the bike, it has more power, it is more heavy than Moto2: I don't know the problems but for sure it will be very difficult to adapt.”
Rins is currently eight points clear of Sam Lowes in the Moto2 World Championship but feels he can now focus fully on winning the title with his future finally sorted out.
“It's very difficult this year and finally Sam [Lowes] and Johann [Zarco] are very strong riders and I remember last year with Tito [Rabat] and Johann, it was more or less the same situation. It's very, very close,” Rins said.
“During all these three or five weeks, I'm thinking all the time about MotoGP – where I go – but now I am 100 per-cent focused on Moto2 to win more races.
“I think it's important to win our championship; in Moto3 I was very near and last year I finished second. I will try to do the maximum this year to do a good battle with Johann and Sam but for sure I don't have any pressure to win. I race to try and win the maximum points.”