Alex Rins Didn't quite get the Hang of the honda engine yet
After an exciting end to the 2022 season, Alex Rins moves to the LCR Honda team for the new season. The Spaniard explains how he gets on with the Honda.
After a turbulent final season with Suzuki, Alex Rins joins Team Principal Lucio Cecchinello’s LCR Honda team for the new campaign.
A lot of work ahaed for Alex Rins after the Valencia test – Image provided by Motorsport Images
In view of last year’s results, this is a clear step backwards. The Honda is no longer the bike it once was.
Last year, the Japanese team finished last in the manufacturers’ championship twice in a row. Last season, they went without a win in the premier class.
And the omens for next season are not good either in the early development phase. Honda superstar Marc Marquez is calling for innovations, innovations that have not yet been successful.
For Alex Rins, the first season on a non-Suzuki bike will be a year of adjustment. Although the Spaniard sees slight deficits with the Honda, he tells Motorsport.com that the bike is not “that bad”.
“The truth is that it was a strange feeling, it was complicated because it is a very different bike to the Suzuki. But I have to say that I didn’t think it was such a bad bike.”
The two-time race winner from last season hopes to bring plenty of knowledge and also new ways of working from Suzuki to his new team.
Despite a good first impression on the Honda, Rins already sees massive potential for improvement in himself and the bike, especially the response of the engine.
“What I found most difficult was the response of the engine, the connection of the gas to the power, to the rear wheel, it’s like very sweet, like it doesn’t have lows and has a lot of highs. We were adapting it and I didn’t quite get the hang of it.”