Top Manager Carlo Pernat: "Rins Will Ride For Yamaha Next Year"
With disappointment prevailing for Alex Rins in the LCR Honda customer team, rumors are growing that the Spaniard could switch to Yamaha in 2024.
With big goals, Alex Rins moved to Lucio Cecchinello’s Honda customer team in 2023 after Suzuki’s exit. After the Japanese had given his former Suzuki teammate Joan Mir priority in the factory team, Rins was lured with big promises that had not yet been kept.
According to sources close to the latest Honda race winner, Rins was never provided with the current factory equipment he was promised when he signed the Honda contract.
While other brands such as Ducati, KTM, and Aprilia equip their customer teams with the latest parts and celebrate massive successes with the satellite teams, Honda seems to be taking a different approach.
Already in 2022, the two LCR riders Taka Nakagami and Alex Márquez complained that they had not received a single update for their RC213Vs from the first to the last Grand Prix, and Rins now seems to be suffering a similar fate.
For the Spaniard, everything now points to a switch to Yamaha. In an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com, rider manager Carlo Pernat clarified the situation: “For me, it’s clear that Rins will ride for Yamaha next year.”
Rins and the Yamaha M1 could be a match made in heaven. The Japanese are the only brand to continue to insist on the inline four-cylinder, and Rins knows this concept from his six years at Suzuki.