Alex Rins commented on Honda's testing in November last year. Of course, Rins made a comparison between Honda and Suzuki, of which he used to be a member. "You are lucky, it's the first time I'm going to talk publicly about Honda, this means a new chapter in my life and I'm happy," Rins said, as quoted by motorsport.com.
"The truth is that it was a strange feeling, it was complicated because it is a very different bike to the Suzuki. But I have to say that I didn't think it was such a bad bike. What I found most difficult was the response of the engine, the connection of the gas to the power, to the rear wheel, it's like very sweet, like it doesn't have lows and has a lot of highs.
We were adapting it and I didn't quite get the hang of it."
It looked like a difficult bike to drive, but in the end he was still satisfied. "But I liked the bike, I was one second and two tenths behind the first, I wasn't ahead at all, but it didn't seem very physical to me, at least in Valencia, in the circumstances we were in and after the race.
It seemed to me not an easy bike to ride, because all the bikes are difficult, but with enough potential."
He is aware that it will take him a long time to get used to the new bike, but he has qualities. "I think that arriving at Honda with or without experience from another bike is the same thing," he added.
Yes it's true that the Suzuki had much more cornering, but it doesn't change the fact that I've been six years with the same bike and now I'm on the Honda, it won't cost me more because of this. Adapting to a new bike takes hours.
This January I'm going to go training with a Honda 1000 [street bike] to several circuits, but no matter how many hours I do with that bike, it's not going to resemble a race bike.