News 28 Sep 2023

Rins declared fit ahead of the Japanese GP

LCR Honda rider set for first MotoGP outing since Mugello crash.

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After an extended period on the sidelines with injury, LCR Honda Castrol’s Alex Rins has been declared fit ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Rins crashed during the sprint race at Mugello in June, badly breaking his right leg which subsequently saw him ruled out of the last seven rounds.

Both Iker Lecuona and Stefan Bradl have replaced him in his absence, as Rins is now all-clear to return to action in what is the 14th race weekend of the season.

“Yesterday we were in Madrid and the visit went quite well,” Rins said while travelling to Japan. “The bone continues to regenerate and continues its process, so we are going to try the next step, which is to get on a MotoGP bike to see what the sensations are and follow the recovery process.”

Prior to the injury, Rin’s best result of the season came at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) where he took a spectacular victory – Honda’s only so far in MotoGP this year – at round three.

After a single year with the LCR team, he will transition to Monster Energy Yamaha next year to partner Fabio Quartararo for the 2024 campaign.