The Suzuki driver made his first public appearance following the announcement of his move to LCR-Honda at the British Grand Prix press conference on Thursday at Silverstone, admitting to being “excited” about the future ahead of him. the.
“I am very excited to have been able to announce that I will join the LCR team in 2023, it is great news for me, it is a great challenge,” explained the still Suzuki rider.
“I will try to contribute all my experience to improve the Honda, I will work hard to create a competitive and winning bike”, added the Spanish rider.
However, Alex Rins wanted to prioritize the second half of the 2022 season that still lies ahead.
“There are still nine races left this year and Suzuki is doing well, I would like to get back the competitiveness of the beginning of the season, when we got a couple of podiums. It cost us a bit the last few races because of the wrist injury in Barcelona, but we will try to return to our best level”, he underlined.
For Rins, Silverstone is a scene of great memories, not in vain he won in 2019 in a very tight finish with Marc Márquez.
“It will be a difficult race, many people think and tell me that I am going to win or be on the podium here, but the level of MotoGP right now is very high and everyone is going very fast, we will see if we can improve the settings of the bike and make a good weekend”, he said, before adding: “The key for the race is to qualify well on Saturday, that will determine how things will go on Sunday”.
Another issue that was raised during the official press conference prior to the grand prix was the announcement that Portugal will host the start of the 2023 season instead of the usual nightly event in Qatar.
“It will be a different start to the season, since I arrived at the World Championship in 2012 we have always started in Qatar, I don’t know how things are going to change, but for me starting in Portimao is fine because it is a good circuit”.
The long lap sanction that Fabio Quartararo, leader of the World Championship, will have to face on Sunday, for taking Aleix Espargaró off the track in the last race in Assen, was another of the topics that were discussed. Rins, was the victim in Barcelona of a much more aggressive action by Takaaki Nakagami, who was not sanctioned at the time.
“There are two types of crashes, the ones where you start to overtake and lose the front end, like Fabio’s in Assen, and the action in Montmeló, what I don’t understand is why in Barcelona the rider wasn’t penalized and Fabio was. I don’t I understand too much, I don’t fully agree with the sanction, it’s difficult for us to understand, but I guess at some point they have to start.
Finally, they also asked the drivers for their opinion on the decision of Andrea Dovizioso, who will hang up the suit after the Misano Grand Prix.
“It’s not an easy decision, it’s difficult to stop competing, but right now he doesn’t feel competitive at the time level and in this situation it’s better to stop. I wish you good luck in motocross, where we will surely see you in the future”, settled the Barcelonan.