We know that Alex Rins won't race in Austria, seeing as Iker Lecuona will race in his place, but that doesn't mean he won't be there. The Spanish rider, who is recovering after the accident and who has already announced his move to Yamaha, will in fact be in the LCR team garage to stay with his team.
“The most important thing is my recovery - he explained on the motorsport.com podcast - regardless of whether we'll change teams next year or whether we would have stayed with the same one. It wasn't just any injury, it might be the hardest one I've suffered in the sport, and it needs to heal and recover very well, because you can have lifelong mobility issues. So, the team change has nothing to do with it, it's important to recover well for myself. A crash when everything is still coming together and a screw or plate is moving, and I have a leg full of them, could take its toll."
Then Rins shed light on the news of his agreement with Yamaha.
“Last year, when we heard the ‘big news' that Suzuki was leaving the World Championship, we knocked on all the doors and one of the ones we knocked on was Yamaha. They told us that for 2023 they were complete, both riders were under contract, but to stay in touch. And so, we did, throughout the second half of last year and throughout this year, until they made us an offer and we made the decision,” said the LCR rider.
"It was a decision taken in the hospital in Madrid, with my leg in the air - revealed the winner of the Texas GP - The truth is that it was complicated, there were many doubts, you know I'm not someone who makes drastic changes without thinking much about it. But it is an opportunity that I could not pass up, it is a factory team, an official treatment in the same team and the truth is that the opportunity is very good. It is certainly a demonstration of great confidence; it is something that added a lot. With such a serious injury, the fact that they had this show of support for me and went ahead with the signing is spectacular. Maybe in another team, if you get injured, you go to a second choice."
Alex Rins will therefore share the box with former world champion Fabio Quartararo in 2024.
"I haven't talked to Fabio yet, but we've kept in touch, he lives one street from me in Andorra and the relationship with him is good. I'm looking forward to working with Fabio, he's a very fast rider, I don't know yet how he works or how he tests things, but he made the Yamaha work and now that things aren't right, he's able to stick his head out from time to time. In principle I will inherit the whole team that now works with Franco. I know nobody and I don't know how they work. The only one I talk to is Lin Jarvis, and Maio (Meregalli). I wanted to ask them, but I haven’t because I still have a lot of races ahead of me with Honda and the project with LCR has to get to Valencia and I will give everything to finish as high as possible until the end".