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Rins joins Honda and LCR for 2023 after Suzuki elected to stop MotoGP on the finish of the 2022 marketing campaign, and completed his debut weekend together with his new employers with a 13th within the dash race and 10th within the grand prix.
The five-time race winner says his largest difficulty in the primary race in Portugal was being unable to stay with rival bikes on straights owing to the Honda’s rear grip points, which reminded him of the battles he confronted on the underpowered Suzuki in 2021.
“Essentially the most troublesome factor for me was the overtakes,” Rins mentioned as he evaluated his first weekend with Honda.
“I’m a bit pissed off, as a result of I used to be solely on the receiving finish of passes. I couldn’t overtake any rider, aside from one or two, other than firstly the place I recovered some positions.
“But it surely was a little bit of a catastrophe. When Fabio [Quartararo] overtook me, I used to be capable of trip with him within the low and medium 1m39s.
“However I used to be struggling loads. Additionally, within the final a part of the race, the entrance was pushing a bit. I did my greatest, I put the bike on the restrict.
“It jogs my memory of two years in the past with the Suzuki: we’re shedding a whole lot of time on the straight in comparison with the others after which we recuperate the whole lot within the corners.”
Honda stablemate Joan Mir confirmed flashes of tempo all through the Portugal weekend as he made his manufacturing facility HRC debut.
However a collision with Quartararo within the dash that left Mir with an extended lap penalty for the grand prix in the end conditioned the 2020 world champion’s grand prix.
Joan Mir had a number of issues on his first outing because the team-mate of Marc Marquez (following).
Photograph by: Miquel Liso
“Truthfully, what occurred with the crash modified the weekend loads,” mentioned Mir, who was 11th within the grand prix.
“The consequence must be very totally different with out retiring from the dash race, as a result of it was the primary time I used to be capable of do greater than 10 laps in a row with this bike, and we had an issue of warming the tyre.
“We didn’t know this. Naturally, it’s one thing you may simply remedy, however when you don’t learn about it, what are you able to do?
“So, the race, the primary laps have been actually good, however as soon as I made the lengthy lap I noticed I instantly had an issue on the bike and I wasn’t capable of give 100% of this bike.
“The bike was simply spinning loads, I used to be not in a position to enter the corners with a whole lot of braking as a result of the rear was coming round. The tyre wasn’t working and this was the issue.”