Increased Honda support could have made it a harder decision but Alex Rins switching from the satellite LCR team to the factory Yamaha MotoGP project
Alex Rins, who broke Honda’s MotoGP win drought at COTA, was not getting the full support and new parts he needed at the LCR satellite team, making the decision to join Yamaha an easy one. Despite Yamaha also struggling this season, Rins did not feel like a factory rider with Honda and felt ignored in the satellite team. After his win, Rins looked lonely and the chance to become a factory rider with Yamaha was too good to refuse. Both manufacturers are expected to improve next year, and the move to Yamaha is seen as an inspired decision by Yamaha Racing boss Lin Jarvis. Although Rins has faced challenges, including an injury, he is a natural talent and will thrive with a bike similar to the Suzuki.