The summer break for Alex Rins was certainly the bearer of good news. Besides the possibility of completely recovering from his wrist injury after his accident at Montmelò, the Spanish rider formalized his passage to Lucio Cecchinello's team starting next season.
Your transition to the LCR Honda team for next season was announced during the summer break. It’ll be a great challenge for you.
"I was happy to have made it official during the summer break," Alex told us. "And I’m happy to have the opportunity to race with them next year. This is good news for me after Suzuki's announcement that it’s leaving the championship, and I’m excited about the news and prospects that this change will bring to my life. But, of course, t’ll also be a great challenge for me as a rider. Changing bikes is never easy, and I’ll bring all my experience to try to help them improve the bike and make it as competitive as possible. But we’ll see all this in the future. Now we still have to face nine races with the Suzuki, a bike that has proven to be competitive in many races despite the fact that I was unfortunately involved in that accident at Montmelò."
Silverstone has always been a very favorable circuit for the Suzuki. We remember your victory at the last lap over Marquez in 2019. Now that you recovered after your wrist injury, what are your expectations for this race?
"I know it's not going to be an easy race. Many people think I have a good chance of winning or of getting on the podium, but lots of things have changed this year, and the level of all the constructors has gone up a lot. We’ll see in the next few days and, above all, we’ll try to get a good qualification to be able to fight for the podium on Sunday."
Fabio will face a long-run penalty in Silverstone for the accident in Assen. Do you agree with of Race Management’s decision?
"I think there are two types of accidents. Those during the race, such as of Fabio’s, for example, or those due to risky behavior, like what happened in Barcelona where I hurt my wrist. The real question should be why there was no penalty in that situation? I can't say what will have to change to reach a good compromise. Maybe with Fabio they’ll start changing things, but I personally don’t entirely agree with the decision to penalize Fabio in that particular case."
In 2023, the season will begin in Portimão, no longer in Qatar. What do you think about that?
"It will certainly be a different experience. Normally, we would reach Qatar for testing a week earlier, so I don't know if that's going to change things now. I like the Portimão circuit, so I think it's an interesting development."