During the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb race, held from July 13-16, 2023, numerous prominent names from MotoGP participated, paying tribute to the rich history of motor racing and its various forms. The event celebrated both the present and future of the sport, with a display of classic cars and legendary figures from MotoGP's past and present. Despite the rain, the event was an exhilarating spectacle, as antique and contemporary racing motorcycles roared up the historic hill climb at the beautiful Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England. Not even the weather could deter the current and former MotoGP stars from showcasing their skills as they ascended the hill with unwavering determination.
MotoGP: The 2023 Hill Run
Friday's main attraction was 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz, a legendary figure, as he rode up the Hill climb on his Championship-winning bike, alongside other MotoGP Legends like 1987 500cc World Champion Wayne Gardner, among others.
Casey Stoner was also present. The Australian, who has attended Goodwood before, bought his 2008 MotoGP bike with the no 1 plate back for the special MotoGP contingent to ride in 2023.
Riders such as Pol Espargaro (GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3), Michele Pirro (Ducati Lenovo Team), Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing), Dakota Mamola (LCR Honda Castrol-liveried Honda), and many others made their way up the Hill.
MotoGP: Alex Rins to Leave Honda?
Alex Rins, who joined Honda for the 2023 MotoGP season, is allegedly contemplating moving to Yamaha in response to the treatment he has received from Honda. Rins joined the LCR Honda team when Suzuki left MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season, and his former colleague Joan Mir joined the factory Honda squad to race alongside Marc Marquez. The LCR Honda rider underwent surgery on both his tibia and fibula and has been documenting his recovery process. Following the summer vacation, Rins hopes to compete in the MotoGP event at Silverstone on August 6.
Despite competing for a satellite team, Rins has a direct contract with Honda, which won't end until the end of 2024. His contract, however, has a clause that would let him leave early if he were offered a factory deal by another team. There have been rumours that Yamaha has already approached Rins about replacing Franco Morbidelli, whose performances have reportedly not been persuasive enough for the firm to continue with him.