Alex Rins is the only rider with a Honda who has managed to get on the podium this season (excluding Marc Marquez's 3rd place in the Portimao sprint race), winning the Austin race. However, his relationship with the Japanese manufacturer could end at the end of the season.
After his American success, the Spaniard fell from hero to zero, never being able to repeat those performances on an RC213V which is the nightmare of all its riders. At Mugello, then, he was seriously injured (he left the hospital today after two operations on a fractured tibia and fibula) and in recent weeks he has been thinking about his future. The LCR rider has only one year on his contract with Honda and has been looking around.
His gaze didn't rest too far: on the Yamaha, as Carlo Pernat had anticipated in our Bar Sport. Little by little, things have progressed and there is an ongoing negotiation with Rins on the table. After all, Alex knows the 4-cylinder in-line engine well (with which he raced for 6 years in Suzuki, winning) and above all he has seen first-hand how deep the crisis in which Honda is.
Not to mention that, unlike Mir, he has been placed in a satellite team and going to Yamaha would mean being in an official team again. In addition to leaving Morbidelli without a ride. We had talked to Franco about his future after the Assen race and he had told us that his hope was to "clear everything up during the summer break".
There are those who want Morbido headed to SBK (perhaps always with in Yamaha blue), but he has no intention of doing so for the moment and indeed is looking to the best bike of the lot, the Ducati. It's easy to understand which one, because now the only free one is in Gresini, assuming that for Di Giannantonio the days in MotoGP are ticking away.
The VR46 Riders Academy - of which Morbidelli is a part - would thus like to dress all its riders in red, having already Bagnaia, Bezzecchi and Marini on the Desmosedici. The competition to get there, however, is all Italian because Tony Arbolino, who is fighting for the Moto2 World Championship against Acosta, would also like that place in the Gresini team and wants to make the category leap in 2024.
The riders' market is trying to find a direction and the next few weeks will certainly not be a break for the managers of the premier class.