Alex Rins is currently just one step away from signing a contract with Yamaha.
The LCR Honda rider plans to leave the squad he just joined this year and join another one for the 2024 MotoGP season.
Alex Rins’ switch to Yamaha in the MotoGP may soon become a reality. This year, the rider joined LCR Honda, but it appears that he may move to the Iwata-based manufacturer for the upcoming season.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Rins and Yamaha have already come to an agreement. However, a contract couldn’t yet be signed because of the injuries and surgery the Spaniard underwent in June.
“The agreement has already been found,” between Rins and Yamaha, Gazzetta reported. However, the publication notes that “the final signing of the contract is missing.”
Over the previous weekend, Rins was married while remaining dependent on a wheelchair.
Rins will team up with Fabio Quartararo to replace Franco Morbidelli as Yamaha’s two riders for the 2024 MotoGP season,
Franco Morbidelli will have to look for a seat for 2024 if Rins’ move falls through. The Italian was allegedly being considered by Gresini in recent weeks as a possible replacement for Fabio Di Giannantonio.
It will mark the end of his one-year relationship with Honda, who provided Rins with a lifeline for this season after Suzuki withdrew from MotoGP and left him without a bike.
Rins has been having a difficult first half of this year. The Grand Prix of the Americas victory, which made him the first Honda rider to do it after Marc Marquez in five years, was unquestionably his highlight with the team.
He also had a public argument with his team, which prompted Honda to warn him not to disparage them in the future.
Rins fractured a leg at Mugello and had to withdraw from the most recent race, joining three other Honda riders who were also sidelined.
The injury will prevent him from participating in MotoGP as action resumes on August 6 at Silverstone but by the time he races again, his future may already be decided.