The three-time MotoGP race winner was unexpectedly thrown onto the 2023 rider market when Suzuki knowledgeable its staff that it might be ending its MotoGP challenge on the end of the year back in May.
Rins engaged in discussions with a number of groups, together with KTM, Gresini Ducati and LCR – finally signing a two-year deal directly with Honda to hitch the latter.
In an unique interview on Autosport’s Tank Slappers Podcast, Rins admits he feared for his future upon first listening to the information – however was additionally frightened of the truth that he might be pressured to take an uncompetitive bike to proceed his profession.
“I’m working even tougher yr by yr,” Rins stated.
“And I used to be a bit scared when Suzuki introduced its retirement as a result of I’m not anymore a rookie rider and I used to be looking for a manufacturing facility bike, that fortunately we acquired.
“However I used to be just a little bit scared, as a result of it was not straightforward
“It’s a pleasure to have the contract with an official producer, with Honda.
“For certain, if I used to be signing with Lucio [Cecchinello], with not an official bike, [that] was okay, [if] it was the one approach I’d take it.
“However I’m super-happy, as a result of I don’t see myself operating with not an official bike.
“Let me clarify, I believe I’ve lots of expertise, lots of capability to enhance a motorcycle. So, fuck, I couldn’t see me with not an official bike. It’s troublesome to elucidate.
“We had the choice to go to Ducati, we had extra choices additionally, however at Ducati they couldn’t safe me an official bike.
“I actually understood and in addition I say because of them as a result of they gave me a possibility.
“However in the long run it was Honda and I’m super-happy. I used to be with them in 2014 [in Moto3], kind of it’s the identical folks main the challenge – the Moto3 challenge and this one.”
Alex Rins, Lucio Cecchinello, LCR Honda
Photograph by: Group LCR
Rins admits he has questions in his head about how he’ll fare in adapting to the Honda, however doesn’t go there already considering the bike is troublesome.
“Sincerely, in my head, this query I ask myself this query,” he added when requested if the issues different riders have confronted at Honda up to now was one thing he was enthusiastic about.
“For those who see the previous, Lorenzo went to Honda, and he struggled lots.
“Pol has completed some good races however he’s struggling just a little bit.
“Alex Marquez acquired some podiums but in addition he’s struggling.
“I imply, I’m actually excited to hitch that challenge.
“For certain, I’m not considering in a approach like ‘the bike is so troublesome, let’s see what we are able to do’.
“I’m not considering this. I simply wish to experience the bike, attempt to make the bike [fit] to myself and get the outcomes.”