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Alex Rins defects from Honda to Yamaha for 2024 MotoGP season

Alex Rins will join Monster Energy Yamaha Racing for the 2024 MotoGP World Championship season it has been confirmed.

The Spaniard has been closely linked with joining the factory Yamaha squad since the start of the summer break but now, on the eve of the British MotoGP at Silverstone, he is confirmed to be making the move from LCR Honda.

His arrival comes at the expense of Franco Morbidelli, who Yamaha confirmed earlier today would be leaving at the end of the 2023 MotoGP season.


Rins joins Yamaha after just a single season within the Honda stable, the six-time MotoGP race winner having been snapped up in the wake of Suzuki's abrupt exit from the series.

“We are delighted that Alex is joining the Yamaha line-up, and we warmly welcome him to the Yamaha MotoGP group," said Yamaha Racing managing director Lin Jarvis.

“We expect Alex to be a great asset. He has vast experience as a MotoGP rider and is known to be a natural talent and a multi-time MotoGP class race winner.

"He already has experience with two other MotoGP manufacturers and has ridden bikes with similar characteristics to the YZR-M1, which should help him adapt quickly to our bike. His win in COTA earlier this year underlines his speed, hunger, and determination to succeed.

"Alex has been away from the MotoGP paddock for a while due to the injury he sustained at Mugello, but we are confident that he should be fully recovered and up to speed for the 2024 season.

"We are really looking forward to working with him and believe that he will collaborate well with Fabio and enhance the total performance of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team.”

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