How LCR Honda Wants to Get Back To Winning MotoGP Races
After two years in obscurity, the LCR Honda satellite team wants to get back on track in 2023. With Alex Rins, they have signed a top-tier rider.
It has been four years since a rider running a LCR Honda won a MotoGP race. Team boss Lucio Cecchinello regrets the lack of success in recent years.
In an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com he states: “Even a win in the sprint race would be great.”
The Italian hopes that a change in the team structure and the signing of a top rider like Alex Rins will help the team get back on track.
Rins, a 17-time race winner, has to get used to the reduced factory support in the satellite team after his long time in the Suzuki factory team.
His predecessor in the LCR Honda team, Alex Márquez, in recent years complained loudly and repeatedly about the lack of support compared to the Repsol Honda team.
Rins’ new team boss Cecchinello explains: “Now he rides in a satellite team, albeit with a factory bike.”
“But Alex Rins is fair and intelligent enough to understand that he now finds himself in a different situation. But that doesn’t mean we won’t make every effort to support him.”
A lot has changed in the Italian’s team compared to previous years. A small restructuring compared to last year should bring back the old more successful times.
“We have improved our structures in 2022. Beefy Bourguignon now acts as Technical Director for both riders.”
“He watches the two crew chiefs Klaus Nöhles for Taka and David Garcia for Alex Rins. This definitely gives us a much stronger structure in the pit. We are now closer to the factory team.”
For 2023, Cecchinello is hoping to score a race win or two thanks to what he hopes will be a slightly more competitive Honda.
“Winning races again is of course one of our goals. Even winning a sprint race would be great.”
“There is definitely always a chance because we will have 21 sprints and 21 full-distance races.”
“Maybe, we’ll get a wet race or two. Sometimes the conditions could play into our hands. We are certainly focused on getting back to the top positions.”