Yesterday, arriving at 6 a.m. in Japan, Alex Rins was proud to announce his return to his motorcycle after more than three and a half months without riding. Last June, the Spaniard broke the tibia and fibula of his right leg during the sprint race at Mugello. Taking part in the race this weekend was the perfect opportunity to check if everything was good and especially if he had the physical abilities necessary to get back behind the handlebars of his machine. But unfortunately, the LCR pilot complained of severe pain. At the end of the two practice sessions this Friday, Rins finished in last position twice. The latter was unable to use the rear brake with his leg. However, Lucio Cecchinello, team principal of the team, announced that modifications had been made to the Honda to make it easier for Alex Rins to pilot his mount. He withdrew and at the end of the day on Friday, his team posted on these networks a message of thanks to Rins, it is the Honda test driver, Stefan Bradl, who will replace him for the rest of the week -end.
“Álex Rins has been declared unfit due to the pain he felt in his right leg during his track tests today. We are proud of his efforts, thanks for trying Álex!”
German rider Stefan Bradl will take over and race the rest of the weekend. https://t.co/Y9ZiIrRq5N
— LCR Team (@lcr_team) September 29, 2023
At the end of this first day, Rins completed 16 laps on his bike. Continuing would have been impossible. The Spaniard had no treatment to calm his pain, he wanted to know his potential without taking medication. The LCR driver is already looking ahead to the future and his real return to competition.
“It was hard. But it was also good because I felt big progress on the bike compared to last month. I was able to do a lot of laps in the morning, not so much in the afternoon because of the pain. That’s more or less what we were hoping for: we wanted to test my leg, my proprioception to see how far we could go with the pain. I’m stopping because the pain is very strong so we’re going to continue convalescence. For me, the most difficult are right turns, taking angles, getting off the bike and holding the bike with one leg,” said Rins, who “expected” the pain: “I have to listen the doctors because they allowed me to come but they told me ‘If you have a lot of pain, please stop’ because the fracture is improving but it’s not 100% .”
There will now be 2 weeks left for Alex Rins to get back on his feet for good before starting the Indonesian Grand Prix. Despite his withdrawal from Japanese soil, the Spaniard wants at all costs to get back on his machine and rediscover the sensations of riding a MotoGP at 100% of its capabilities. He wants to prepare as much as possible for his arrival with Yamaha for the 2024 season.
“We will try again in Indonesia. Compared to last month, there is big progress. It’s true that Indonesia is quite close, it’s in two weeks, but I hope to have a little more consistency, do more laps and we’ll see where we are.”
— Alex Rins (@Rins42) September 29, 2023
This weekend, the MotoGP paddock is present on the Motegi track in Japan. Absent for more than three and a half months, Alex Rins tried to get back on his Honda. At the end of this first day of driving, the Spaniard complained of pain. He is forced to give up and forfeits.
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