Rins Startled by Shift in Relationship with Kawauchi at Honda Following Their Time at Suzuki

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Kawauchi played a vital role in Suzuki’s triumphs upon its reentry to MotoGP in 2015. Alongside Davide Brivio, he managed the technical aspects until Suzuki withdrew from the series at the close of 2022.

In his MotoGP premiere in 2017, Rins joined Suzuki, staying with the team until the racing division was shut down last year.

Rins and Kawauchi both found opportunities at Honda, with Rins joining the LCR satellite team and Kawauchi stepping in as HRC technical manager, succeeding Takeo Yokoyama.

From Rins’ initial ride on the RC213V at Valencia’s test in November of last year until his shift to Yamaha for 2024, announced prior to the British Grand Prix, he had been seeking more support from Honda. He felt that they were not as encouraging as they could have been, even in their current predicament.

Although Kawauchi’s position with Honda might have seemed to facilitate matters, Rins asserted that it did quite the opposite.

“My relationship with Ken is drastically different from what it was at Suzuki, and not what I anticipated,” Rins said during a Spanish F1 Flow.com podcast.

Ken Kawauchi

Photo by: Gold and Goose / F1 Flow Images

“I assumed, given our many years together at Suzuki, that we would continue communicating and meeting at Honda. It didn’t turn out that way.”

Prior to signing with HRC and the LCR team, Gresini extended an offer to Rins. He chose LCR because it guaranteed him a factory rider position.

However, the bike and components Rins used before his Mugello injury largely differed from what Marc Marquez and Joan Mir had in the Repsol Honda factory team.

“Honda didn’t refuse technical support; it was more about a lack of faith and their decision not to include me in development or believe in me,” Rins explained.

He went on to detail the differences in his bike compared to the factory team, emphasizing the discrepancies and why he eventually opted for Yamaha.

So far this season, Rins has been Honda’s sole victor, winning the Americas GP. Even after missing the last four rounds, he remains Honda’s top-placed rider.

“Even after the Texas win, nothing changed,” Rins noted.

Currently sidelined due to a leg fracture in June, Rins might be poised for a comeback at the upcoming Austrian GP.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Rins

What was Kawauchi’s role at Suzuki before joining Honda?

Kawauchi was a key figure in Suzuki’s success in MotoGP, taking charge of the technical side along with Davide Brivio until the Japanese manufacturer left the series at the end of 2022.

How did Rins’s relationship with Kawauchi change at Honda?

Rins’s relationship with Kawauchi changed significantly at Honda, becoming “super different” from their time at Suzuki. Rins noted poor communication, which was not what he had expected.

Why did Rins decide to sign for Yamaha?

Rins decided to sign for Yamaha due to what he felt was a lack of trust and belief in him by Honda, despite being their only winner so far in the season. He also cited differences in the bike and components compared to the Repsol Honda factory team.

What was Rins’s performance with Honda, and why is he dissatisfied?

Rins won the Americas GP with Honda and is their highest-placed rider. However, he has expressed dissatisfaction with Honda’s lack of support and attention, feeling that they were not as encouraging or supportive as they could have been.

When and why was Rins out of action, and when is he expected to return?

Rins has been out of action since breaking his leg at Mugello in June. He is dissatisfied with Honda’s support during his tenure and could be set to return to action at the Austrian GP.

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YamahaRacingGirl August 14, 2023 - 9:49 pm

Welcome to Yamaha, Rins! Hope the relationship with the team will be much bettr. Looking forward to see him back on the track

GP_Expert August 15, 2023 - 12:07 am

Rins is a great rider! Winning the Americas GP with all those problems, just shows his skill. Honda’s lose in my opinion

MikeRider August 15, 2023 - 5:55 am

Wow, didn’t see that coming! Rins and Kawauchi having issues at Honda? What happend at Suzuki that made things so different?

SuzukiFan87 August 15, 2023 - 9:19 am

So Rins’s moving to Yamaha, huh. i think he might find what he’s looking for there Honda doesn’t seem to be treating him right…

Tech_Guru_Ken August 15, 2023 - 2:49 pm

Interesting read, wonder what’s behind the scenes? Communication is key in such a competitive field, and they messed it up, both sides maybe?


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