As first reported by Autosport earlier this week, Rins was in advanced negotiations with LCR to join satellite team Honda 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.
Autosport now understands that Rins’ deal to join LCR is virtually complete, with the contract due to be officially signed by the three-time MotoGP race winner – which is expected in the coming days.
Autosport understands that Rins will sign a two-year contract directly with Honda to have factory machines and full support from the Japanese marque within Lucio Cecchinello’s team.
Rins will take the place of Alex Marquez at LCR, with Marc Marquez’s younger brother set to join the Gresini Ducati team.
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 the possibility of going to the official team was not given.
“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 Tech3 and KTM in 2023, while Alex Marquez is in talks with Gresini.
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. Machinery parity with Honda is what ultimately drew him to LCR.