Alex Rins Exit Clause - Cecchinello: "Yamaha Made An Offer"
After just one season, the relationship between Honda and their last race winner Alex Rins could already be over. The Spaniard “has received an offer from Yamaha”.
With a magnificent first place, Alex Rins gave his new employer Honda its first victory in more than a year at the American Grand Prix in Texas.
Since then, however, nothing has gone right for either Honda or Rins. In Mugello, the Spaniard broke his tibia and fibula in his left leg during a heavy crash and has not competed in a single race since.
The Honda future of the six-time MotoGP race winner looks anything but rosy. In the last few days, there have been increasing signs that the Spaniard could be on the verge of leaving for the Yamaha factory team.
LCR Honda team boss Lucio Cecchinello explains why Rins could leave Honda after 2023 despite his contract with Honda until the end of 2024.
Factory Option Exit Clause
“Alex signed a contract with HRC that includes two seasons, 2023 and 2024, but an exit option if he receives an offer from a factory team,” he confirmed to GPOne.com.
“Now he has received an offer from Yamaha and negotiations with them and with Honda have been started by his representative, although I am not part of that process.”
The Italian reveals that there was contact between the two parties even before 2023.
“Already last year a marriage between Rins and Yamaha had been tried, but it had broken down because of Franco Morbidelli. That’s why his manager had wanted this option.”
A move to Fabio Quartararo’s side seems increasingly likely, but for Cecchinello the departure of Alex Rins would be a bitter loss.
“I don’t have any definitive information, I can only say that it would be a shame for us to lose Alex because he is a very good rider. He is taking his time to think and understand the best solution.”