As first reported by Motorsport.com earlier this week, Rins was in advanced negotiations with LCR to join the Honda satellite team in 2023 following Suzuki’s shock decision to leave MotoGP at the end of the year.
At the Dutch Grand Prix on Thursday, Rins told the media he was in a “comfortable” position as he had several good options to consider.
Motorsport.com now understands that Rins’ deal to join LCR is virtually complete, with the contract due to be officially signed by the three-time race winner – which is expected in the coming days.
The Spaniard is expected to sign a two-year contract directly with Honda to have factory machinery and the full support of the Japanese brand within Lucio Cecchinello’s squad.
Rins will replace Alex Marquez at LCR.
Alex Rins, Suzuki MotoGP Team
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“Let’s see if we can announce something at the end of Sunday’s race or next week,” Rins said Friday in Assen.
“The material conditions will be the same [as the factory Honda team]. We spoke to the LCR because we did not have the possibility of going to the official team.
“I wouldn’t have hated [the idea] to wear the colors of Repsol, I was with them in 2013 and 2014 [in Moto3] and I would have been delighted to at least have the possibility.
“It’s a big challenge. It will be a big change [going to] the V4 engine, but we are prepared, we are not afraid.
Rins will likely join current team-mate Joan Mir in the Honda team next year, while the 2020 world champion is expected to join Marc Marquez in the factory Honda team.
Pol Espargaro will return to Tech 3 and KTM in 2023, while Alex Marquez is in talks with Gresini to race a Ducati next year.
According to a source close to Rins, the Spaniard’s first option for next year was a 2023-spec Ducati but was only offered a GP22. Machine parity with Honda is what ultimately drew him to LCR.