Alex Rins to Make MotoGP Comeback at Japanese Grand Prix If...
Alex Rins has been given the go-ahead by Spanish doctors and is en route to Japan. He’s gearing up for his MotoGP comeback this weekend.
In Motegi this weekend, Alex Rins is set to mark his return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Spanish doctors in Barcelona have granted him the necessary clearance, and he’s already in transit from Europe to Japan.
Rins sustained a fracture to his right shin and calf bone during a crash at the Mugello sprint race. Originally, a comeback in early September in Barcelona was in the plans, but his rehabilitation took longer than anticipated, causing a delay.
At first, the ankle injury posed challenges, and the nerves were also affected. Eventually, the healing process for the shin took longer than expected. He experienced discomfort during initial track days on a motorcycle.
Rins made appearances at the races in Spielberg, Barcelona, and Misano, donning a brace on his right leg and maneuvering through the paddock on crutches.
Now, the overall situation has improved. He shared a photo on his Instagram story with the caption “Someone is happy.”
In Motegi, Rins will undergo a medical evaluation by MotoGP doctors on Thursday. He was also added to the press conference at the last minute.
If declared fit, he will take to the track on his LCR-Honda for the first time in three months and 20 days on Friday.
Originally, Stefan Bradl was slated to fill in for Rins in Motegi following his MotoGP debut in India. Bradl has also made the journey to Japan.
If Rins doesn’t receive medical clearance or realizes after practice that his comeback is still premature, Bradl could once again step in.
Should Rins’ comeback proceed as envisioned, he will participate in the remaining seven race weekends. He secured Honda’s sole win of the season in Austin this spring. In the following year, Rins will make the move to the Yamaha factory team.