“In terms of team spirit we reached my expectations...”
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Team Director and Project Leader talks the highs and lows of taking on a last-minute job role, and everything it taught him…
We’re at the end of a long and demanding season and I would say that, despite not getting quite the results we were hoping for, the year was around 60-70% what I expected.
“I had to deal with disappointments and pressure...”
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins reflects on an up and down season which saw him struggle to perform at his optimum level, but gave him plenty of food for thought…
2021 is almost over! In racing terms, of course, we’ve already finished everything. Although after the end of the season and the test in Jerez we went to visit EICMA in Milan. But now it’s time to be at home with my family and enjoying a bit of rest.
“The fans give sense to this racing world..."
After the glory of a MotoGP crown, anything less was always going to seem below-par for Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir, but the Mallorcan fought back to a top three title finish and learned lessons on the way…
SUZUKI STARTS SUCCESSFUL PREPARATION FOR 2022 SEASON
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 19th
Alex Rins: 3º - 1'37.423 (+ 0.551 )
Joan Mir: 6º - 1'37.634 (+ 0.762)
Sylvain Guintoli: 23º - 1'39.040 (+ 2.168)
Just a few days after the closing race of the 2021 MotoGP™ World Championship, Team Suzuki Ecstar headed down to Jerez de la Frontera to begin the early preparations for the 2022 season. Joan Mir, Alex Rins, Sylvain Guintoli and Takuya Tsuda were all present for this official test and the squad managed an impressive workload over the two-day test. Although the second day was marred by strong winds, making conditions very hard for the riders as they tried to put in laps.
#Valencia GP - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo - Valencia, Spain.
SUZUKI BOW OUT OF 2021 SEASON WITH 4TH PLACE FOR MIR
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 14th
GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
Joan Mir: 4th
Alex Rins: DNF
An unfamiliar atmosphere closed around the Ricardo Tormo in Valencia for the final MotoGP™ in 2021, as the paddock not only celebrated the end of a season but also the end of an era with the retirement of Valentino Rossi.
MOTOGP ESPORT ROUND 4: COTA & VALENCIA
ROUND 4 – RACE 7 (COTA) & RACE 8 (Valencia) Overall – After three online rounds due to Covid-19 restrictions, we headed to the final round of the 2021 MotoGP eSports Series in Valencia with two rounds (COTA, and Valencia), in the same place where the las
#Valencia GP - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo - Valencia, Spain.
SECOND ROW START FOR SUZUKI’S RIDERS IN GRAND FINALE
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 13th
Grid positions for ValenciaGP:
Joan Mir: 4th – 1’30.395
Alex Rins: 6th – 1’30.475
Despite a slightly chilly start, the sun was shining in time for FP3 and improvements were to be had for the entire MotoGP™ field. Joan Mir and Alex Rins were working hard to try and bring down their lap times, putting in a couple of stops and tyre changes as well as tweaking the set-up. The session, like many this season, became incredibly tight; all 21 riders covered by less than 1 second. Mir and Rins pushed on their final flying laps, and whilst Joan was able to improve to 4th, Alex was left just outside the Top 10 in 11th.
FINAL ROUND OFF TO A GOOD START FOR TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 12th
Alex Rins: 4th – 1’31.335 (+ 0.409)
Joan Mir: 7th – 1’31.513 (+ 0.586)
The final race weekend of the season got underway at Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia with FP1 on Friday morning. A sudden and unexpected downpour just moments before the start of the session made life difficult for the riders and teams as they adjusted the bikes and tentatively headed out on track. Despite a few crashes among the field and challenging conditions, Joan Mir and Alex Rins put together a good session, and as the flag came out they got into 5th and 11th.
SUZUKI ROLL ONTO VALENCIA FOR 2021’S LAST HURRAH
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 10.
The final race of the 2021 MotoGP™ World Championship will take place this weekend at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. This eighteenth round of the year will see Team Suzuki Ecstar aiming high as they bring their 2021 campaign to a close.
MIR MAKES ROSTRUM RETURN IN PORTIMÃO, RINS TAKES 8TH
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 7th
GRANDE PRÉMIO BREMBO DO ALGARVE
Joan Mir: 2nd
Alex Rins: 8th
Team Suzuki Ecstar made a successful return to the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, with both riders bringing home strong results and good points.
#Algarve GP - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Algarve International Circuit - Portugal.
JOAN MIR GRABS FIRST EVER MOTOGP FRONT ROW IN PORTUGAL
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 6th
Grid positions for AlgarveGP:
Joan Mir: 3rd – 1’38.893
Alex Rins: 11th – 1’39.649
A windy start at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve made lap time improvements unlikely in FP3, but it was ‘challenge accepted’ for Joan Mir as he became the first rider to set a fast lap and improve compared to yesterday. Shortly afterwards, Alex Rins followed suit and also chipped away at his Friday times.
The session then became very close and exciting, with 21 riders covered by 1 second, and the Top 3 separated by just 0.025. Mir and Rins closed FP3 in 3rd and 7th, giving them direct passage to Q2.
#Algarve GP - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Algarve International Circuit - Portugal.
STRONG START FOR SUZUKI’S RIDERS ON DAY 1 IN ALGARVE
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 5th
Joan Mir: 4th – 1’39.680 (+ 0.290)
Alex Rins: 10th – 1’40.176 (+ 0.786)
The MotoGP™ World Championship is back in Portugal for the penultimate round of the 2021 season. The series last visited the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve back in April, where the Suzuki riders both had very strong pace and Joan Mir bagged a podium finish.
SUZUKI PREPARES FOR PENULTIMATE RACE IN PORTIMÃO
Team Suzuki Press Office – November 3.
The 2021 MotoGP™ season is nearing its end as Team Suzuki Ecstar and the rest of the teams and riders make their way to Portugal’s south coast for the penultimate race of the year.
DRAMA-FILLED EMILIA-ROMAGNA RACE SEES RINS TAKE SIXTH
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 24th
GP NOLAN DEL MADE IN ITALY E DELL'EMILIA-ROMAGNA
Alex Rins: 6th
Joan Mir: DNF
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli put on its usual thrilling pre-race display and the atmosphere was electric for the 27 lap Emilia-Romagna GP and round 16. Despite a tough day for Suzuki, a dramatic race unfolded, resulting in a brand new champion in the form of Fabio Quartararo.
#Emilia-Romagna - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - Italy.
SUZUKI STRUGGLES ON CRASH-STREWN SATURDAY AT MISANO
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 23rd
Grid positions for EmiliaRomagnaGP:
Alex Rins: 13th – 1’34.418
Joan Mir: 18th – 1’35.683
It was a very damp and misty start to Saturday at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Italy’s north-east coast, making it difficult for anyone for improve early in FP3. Joan Mir was one of the first riders to bring his lap time down as he moved into the Top 10 with 6th using the medium-soft combination. A short while later he had claimed the top spot. Alex Rins was also trying to improve but a crash at Turn 13 cost him the chance to move up the time sheet. Despite his early form, and being quickest through sector 1, Mir finished FP3 in 12th while Rins was 21st.
#EmiliaRomagna - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - Italy.
#EmiliaRomagna GPThe best pictures from day 1 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - Italy.
SUZUKI KEEN TO MAKE A SPLASH ON RETURN TO ADRIATIC COAST
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 22nd
Joan Mir: 11th – 1’42.842 (+ 1.537)
Alex Rins: 15th – 1’42.944 (+ 1.639)
Team Suzuki Ecstar made a welcome return to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to kick off the sixteenth round of the season. Conditions were somewhat different to last month’s visit, however, with chilly temperatures and heavy rain dominating day one.
SUZUKI HEAD TO EMILIA-ROMAGNA FOR LAST SECTION OF SEASON
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 20.
The MotoGP™ paddock makes its return to Italy for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, which will be held this weekend at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
#Americas GP - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Circuit of the Americas - United States.
RINS BRINGS HOME FOURTH ON RETURN TO TAXING TEXAN GP
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 3rd
RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS
Alex Rins: 4th
Joan Mir: 8th
Team Suzuki Ecstar were pleased to once again experience the unique atmosphere the USA offers ahead of lights out for round fifteen of the World Championship; the ‘AmericasGP’. The high temperatures, excited crowd, and a powerful rendition of the National Anthem all added to the buzz around COTA on the outskirts of Austin.
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR READY TO TACKLE TRICKY TEXAS
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 2nd
Grid positions for AmericasGP:
Alex Rins: 7th – 2’03.453 (+ 0.672)
Joan Mir: 8th – 2’03.528 (+ 0.747
Despite early predictions, Saturday morning’s session at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) brought grey clouds but no rain. This made FP3 extra important for securing a position in the Top 10. Alex Rins and Joan Mir spent the early part of the session trying to improve their feeling on the incredibly bumpy track, which often unsettles the bikes. Once they begun to feel more comfortable, they went for time attacks. Rins got into 3rd, but Mir just missed out on the Top 10 with 13th.
#Americas GP - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Circuit of the Americas - United States.
BACK TO COTA WITH A BUMP AS SUZUKI PREPARES FOR AMERICAS GP
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 1st
Alex Rins: 9th – 2’04.802 (+ 0.638)
Joan Mir: 13th – 2’05.094 (+ 0.930)
Team Suzuki Ecstar and their riders, Alex Rins and Joan Mir, are pleased to make a return to the USA and the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) after not visiting since 2019, when Rins won a spectacular GP race.
SUZUKI READY TO RIDE THE RODEO IN TEXAS
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 29.
For the first time since 2019, the MotoGP™ World Championship is heading for the USA, with the fifteenth round of the season taking place at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Texas.
“WE’RE STILL IN THE MIX, WE HAVE NO REASON TO STOP FIGHTING”
With the MotoGP™ championship approaching ‘crunch time’ which just a handful of rounds remaining, Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Project Leader, Shinichi Sahara, gives his assessment of the season so far and the developments made in the Misano Test….
MOTOGP ESPORT ROUND 3: PHILIP ISLAND & MISANO
MOTO GP 2021 ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 3 – RACE 5 (Philip Island) AND RACE 6 (Misano)
#MisanoTest 2021Some of the best shots during the test in Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - Italy.
SEVERAL NEW ITEMS SUCCESFULLY TESTED IN MISANO
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 22
The last push of effort after two back-to-back races was given by Team Suzuki Ecstar today at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where the riders completed an intense two-days testing. The main topics of the test were the 2022 spec. engine and some chassis/set-up improvements, as well as the preparation of the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna that will happen here in four weeks’ time.
HOW DOES TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR SOUND?
Do you like music? We think it’s one of the most beautiful things in life!
The one and only thing that can transverse any language barrier, that unites different cultures, something that everyone feels and understands.
Music is like racing; it can be full emotions ranging from joy to despair, it can pick you up in hard times and motivate you, it can even make you feel like dancing!
Do you want to know what Team Suzuki Ecstar sounds like? It’s not only the roar of our GSX-RR! During this 2021 season we want to bring you closer to us, a next level experience. We want to share the passion we all have for racing through music, and we want you to join in too. This is how Suzuki Ecstar Sounds was born.
#SanMarino GP - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - Italy.
MIR SALVAGES SIXTH PLACE IN CHALLENGING SAN MARINO GP
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 19th
GP OCTO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI
Joan Mir: 6th
Alex Rins: DNF
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s San Marino GP weekend was a mixed one, with both riders showing great pace but neither able to make it really pay in the 27 lap race.
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli welcomed 25,000 passionate fans for Sunday’s race and the threatening clouds which surrounded San Marino failed to dampen spirits or the circuit.
#SanMarino GP - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - Italy.
SUZUKI RARING TO GO WITH RACE PACE, DESPITE Q2 MISFORTUNE
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 18th
Grid positions for SanMarinoGP:
Alex Rins: 9th – 1’32.017 (+ 0.952)
Joan Mir: 11th – 1’32.426 (+ 1.361)
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders took to the track on Saturday morning under sunny skies in San Marino. Flying laps were the order of FP3 with times plummeting compared with those set during yesterday’s rain-hit sessions.
Joan Mir was quick to get down to business with his early pace, and Alex Rins stuck close by his team-mate. The pair finished FP3 in 4th and 8th respectively, securing direct passage to Q2. Mir showed his strength being 2nd fastest in sectors 1 and 4, and 3rd fastest in sector 2.
SUZUKI QUICK TO SLIDE INTO TOP 5 FOR SAN MARINO WEEKEND
Team Suzuki Press Office - September 17th
Joan Mir: 2nd – 1’32.746 (+ 0.080)
Alex Rins: 5th - 1’32.885 (+ 0.219)
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders, Joan Mir and Alex Rins, kicked off the race weekend at Misano in style less than one week after racing in Aragón - where Mir took his fifth podium of the season.
#SanMarino GPThe best pictures from day 1 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - Italy.
SUZUKI AIM TO ADD TO PODIUM TALLY AT MISANO
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 15.
There’s no time to stop or take stock after Aragón for the MotoGP™ paddock personnel, as they move immediately onto Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy for the fourteenth round of the season.
METICULOUS MIR MANAGES PODIUM IN MOTORLAND
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 12th
GRAN PREMIO TISSOT DE ARAGÓN
Joan Mir: 3rd
Alex Rins: 12th
A misty morning at Motorland Aragón quickly cleared to make way for a scorching Sunday and a thrilling race day. Joan Mir and Alex Rins both opted for the hard-soft tyre combination ahead of the 23 lap race and despite starting 7th and 20th on the grid respectively, both were ready to do battle.
SUZUKI’S RIDERS PREPARE FOR UPHILL BATTLE AT MOTORLAND
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 11th
Grid positions for AragonGP:
Joan Mir: 7th – 1’47.162 (+ 0.840)
Alex Rins: 20th – 1’47.790 (Q1)
Improvements were needed from the get-go at Motorland Aragón circuit on Saturday morning as perfect conditions greeted the riders. Joan Mir was quick to bring his lap time down and he completed FP3 in a great 3rd place. But securing direct passage to Q2 was a tricky task as the top 17 riders were covered by just 8 tenths of a second and Alex Rins missed out as he took 14th.
SUZUKI SEARCHING FOR MORE AT MOTORLAND ON FRIDAY
Team Suzuki Press Office - September 10th
Alex Rins: 12th – 1’48.267 (+ 0.654)
Joan Mir: 21st - 1’48.886 (+ 1.273)
Team Suzuki Ecstar arrived at Motorland Aragón in high spirits following a largely successful Silverstone two weeks ago, and great memories from this Spanish track one year ago. However, it was not a straight forward start for the GSX-RR riders as they struggled to get up to speed on Friday afternoon, and they instead opted to work on race settings.
SUZUKI HEAD TO ARAGON AS 2021 SEASON HOTS UP
Team Suzuki Press Office - September 8th
The MotoGP™ season is in full swing as the teams and riders move to Aragón for the thirteenth round of the championship. With plenty of rounds and races still to go, nothing is certain in the title fight and Team Suzuki Ecstar will be determined to give their all heading into this weekend, at a track which both riders enjoy.
RINS SHINES IN SILVERSTONE TO TAKE SECOND PLACE
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 29th
MONSTER ENERGY BRITISH GRAND PRIX
MotoGP Race Classification:
Alex Rins: 2nd
Joan Mir: 9th
The usual Silverstone atmosphere closed in on Sunday for the British Grand Prix - an air of unpredictability both in weather conditions and results, and the 67,000 fans present were treated to a tense 20 lap MotoGP™ race.
RINS AND MIR TO START MERCURIAL SILVERSTONE ON FOURTH ROW
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 28th
Grid positions for BritishGP:
Alex Rins: 10th - 1’59.639 (+ 0.750)
Joan Mir: 11th - 1’59.763 (+ 0.874)
Despite another chilly start to proceedings on Saturday morning at Silverstone circuit, there were still improvements to be had. The MotoGP™ field began FP3 around two or three seconds off Friday’s pace, but Joan Mir was quick to start bringing down his lap times. Although he struggled a little with feeling comfortable over the whole lap, he managed to make the most of a time attack and place himself firmly into the Top 10. Meanwhile, Alex Rins was also making moves up the timesheet, but a crash at Turn 12 during a flying lap cost him a place in Q2.
SUZUKI ENJOY A SLICE OF RACING HISTORY AT WILLIAMS HQ
Thanks to Team Suzuki Ecstar’s partnership with Williams eSports, Joan Mir and Alex Rins were able to have a fantastic experience during the build up to this weekend’s British GP.
On Thursday morning they were welcomed at Williams Racing HQ near Wantage in the UK, an impressive facility which includes every facet of their motorsports operations from the museum which houses legendary Formula 1 cars, to the ultra modern wind tunnel, and the futuristic eSports zone.
BUILDING THE FEELING ON DAY 1 AT THE BRITISH GP
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 27th
Alex Rins: 9th - 02:00.392 - +1.075
Joan Mir: 13th - 02:00.725 - +1.408
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir took to the track at Silverstone on Friday, with Mir experiencing it on a MotoGP™ bike for the first time after missing out due to injury two years ago. For Rins it’s a return to the place where he took a fantastic victory last time the championship raced here in 2019.
SUZUKI HEAD TO HAPPY HUNTING GROUD IN SILVERSTONE
Team Suzuki Press Office – 25 August 2021
The MotoGP™ paddock makes its way back to the UK this weekend after a year out due to Covid restrictions in 2020. Team Suzuki Ecstar are particularly pleased to be heading back to the British track after Alex Rins took an exhilarating victory in 2019 following an incredible battle with Marc Marquez.
MOTOGP ESPORT ROUND 2: GERMANY & AUSTRIA
MotoGP eSports – Suzuki PR (Round 2)
“My initial sensations were not the best, but P6 is not so bad considering the feeling I had”
Good start for Cristian, who was 4th during the first laps following the riders in front but, unfortunately, when he got to P2, he fell due to a mistake. After that, the feelings were not very positive, but he finished in seventh place.
“In Austria I felt incredibly good from the start” Cristian said. He managed to do a great starting lap, was even able to improve a few more tenths but he couldn’t improve his fastest time due to a small mistake on the following lap.
“My pace was good enough to fight for the victory.” Cristian confirmed. The Spaniard’s race start was OK, he held onto the first position, but unfortunately went wide at Turn 4; not a usual mistake at this corner as the riders need to brake very early. Cristian went all the way to the grass and dropped one place, back to third. But he was determined to fight back and go after the win.
“I was able to recover the second position but I had a big gap to the winner. My pace was fast, but not enough to fight for the win. If the previous results had been better, I could have risked more, but I wanted to get a solid podium.”
MIR TAKES FOURTH IN TUMULTUOUS AND TRICKY AUSTRIAN GP
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 15th
BITCI MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX VON ÖSTERREICH
MotoGP Race Classification:
Joan Mir: 4th
Alex Rins: 14th
Threatening and leaden skies closed in around the Red Bull Ring as the MotoGP™ riders took to the grid, sending the nerves skyrocketing and changing the race strategies. A crowd of 86,000 were treated to the usual spectacular air display against the back drop of dark clouds, and the lights went out for the 28 lap race.
#Austrian GP - Qualifying DayThe best pictures from day 2 at Red Bull Ring - Spielberg, Austria
MIR AND RINS RARING TO REPEAT RESURGENCE AT THE RING
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 14th
Grid positions for AustrianGP:
Joan Mir: 7th - 1’23.378 (+ 0.735)
Alex Rins: 13th - 1’23.470 (Q1)
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders came into qualifying day following a successful Friday at the Red Bull Ring which saw them finish in 2nd and 3rd despite challenging conditions. The main priority in FP3 was to consolidate their positions inside the Top 10, and they managed to achieve this early on, but as the times hotted up Alex Rins found himself pushed down to 11th, missing out on Q2 passage by a painstaking 0.001 of a second. Joan Mir finished FP3 in 7th.
MIR AND RINS STORM THE TIMESHEETS ON AUSTRIA RETURN
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 13th
AustrianGP Day 1:
Joan Mir: 2nd - 1’23.625 (+ 0.798)
Alex Rins: 3rd - 1’23.730 (+ 0.903)
Team Suzuki Ecstar were back on track for the second in a double header at the Red Bull Ring. Following a successful Styrian GP last weekend, which saw Joan Mir 2nd and Alex Rins 7th, the team and riders were keen to hit the Spielberg circuit once again.
SUZUKI HUNGRY FOR MORE ON SECOND WEEKEND IN AUSTRIA
Team Suzuki Press Office – 12 August 2021
The 2021 MotoGP™ season rumbles on and the riders and teams have just a few days following the Styrian Grand Prix before taking to the track again for the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg and its impressive landscape play host once again, and after a dramatic race last weekend, it’s all to play for in Round 11.
MEASURED 2ND PLACE FOR MIR IN DRAMA-FILLED STYRIAN GP
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 8th
MICHELIN® GRAND PRIX OF STYRIA
MotoGP Race Classification 2021
Joan Mir: 2nd
Alex Rins: 7th
Team Suzuki Ecstar were raring to go as the 2021 MotoGP™ World Championship got underway again following the five-week summer break. The Styrian Grand Prix was held under cloudy skies, with the threat of raining lurking around the Austrian track, although this failed to dampen the spirits of the sizeable crowd.
#Styrian GP - Qualifying DayThe best pictures from day 2 at Red Bull Ring - Spielberg, Austria
SUZUKI DEBUT DEVICE ON SATURDAY AND MIR TAKES SECOND ROW
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 7th
Grid positions for StyrianGP:
Joan Mir: 5th - 1’23.322 (+ 0.328)
Alex Rins: 13th - 1’23.585 (Q1)
Saturday morning in Styria saw Suzuki debut their new ride height adjuster. The long-awaited manually activated device is predicted to assist the riders with stability, anti-wheelie, and power delivery and the early impressions of the first prototype were very good. Joan Mir and Alex Rins both tried it during FP3, a crucial session ahead of qualifying, and Mir was quick to get to the top of the timesheets. The pair closed the session in 5th and 13th respectively, with Rins narrowly missing out on Q2 passage.
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR OFF TO A FLYING START FOR STYRIAN
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 6th
StyrianGP Day 1:
Joan Mir: 2nd - 1’23.881 (+ 0.076)
Alex Rins: 4th - 1’24.221 (+ 0.416)
Team Suzuki Ecstar returned to MotoGP™ action on Friday following a five-week summer break. Austria’s Red Bull Ring awaited the eager riders and fans for the first in a double header, the Styrian Grand Prix.
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR READY TO RESTART AT THE RING
Team Suzuki Press Office – August 4th, 2021
A tightly packed and fast paced start to the 2021 MotoGP™ World Championship was followed by a well earned five week long summer break, but the second half of the season is now about to get underway with two back-to-back stops at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
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MIR MAKES GREAT PODIUM RETURN, RINS FIGHTS BACK TO 11TH
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 27th
MOTUL TT ASSEN
MotoGP Race Classification
Joan Mir: 3rd
Alex Rins: 11th
Team Suzuki Ecstar and the MotoGP™ field took to the track for the last time in five weeks, as the championship heads into the summer break following the Dutch Grand Prix.
SUZUKI SECURE Q2 PASSAGE AND TOP 10 GRID SPOTS IN HOLLAND
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 26th
Grid positions for DutchGP:
Alex Rins: 7th - 1’32.597 (+ 0.783)
Joan Mir: 10th - 1’32.748 (+ 0.934)
The rain stayed away from the TT circuit of Assen on Saturday morning, meaning Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders, Joan Mir and Alex Rins, would need to fight to defend their positions in the Top 10. They managed this very well, putting together strings of quick laps and finishing FP3 in 5th and 6th respectively, this gave them passage to Q2.
SUZUKI PREPARE FOR ERRATIC ASSEN FROM TOP 10 ON FRIDAY
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 25th
DutchGP Day 1:
Alex Rins: 5th - 1’33.501 (+ 0.429)
Joan Mir: 7th - 1’33.701 (+ 0.460)
Just a week after the German Grand Prix, Team Suzuki Ecstar and the MotoGP™ field were back on track to begin the famously unpredictable yet classic Assen race.
CLASSIC ASSEN AWAITS FOR HOPEFUL TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR
Team Suzuki Press Office – Wednesday 23rd June
The next stop on the fast-paced 2021 MotoGP™ World Championship calendar is Holland and the iconic track of Assen. This comes just days after the German Grand Prix held in Sachsenring, where Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders struggled to find the right feeling but managed to bring home useful points.
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SUPER GUINTOLI: MOTO MULTI-TASKER
“It’s really busy, but bikes are my world” - Our Test Rider Sylvain Guintoli is a man of many talents, and he certainly doesn’t waste them! From testing with our MotoGP team, to winning the Le Mans 24hr Endurance race, and asking tough questions in the paddock with BT Sport. We sat down with him in Sachsenring to find out how he balances it all…
USEFUL POINTS IN SACHSENRING FOR SUZUKI RIDERS
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 20th
LIQUI MOLY MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND
MotoGP Race Classification
Joan Mir: 9th
Alex Rins: 11th
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders made the best of a tricky situation at Round 8 of the MotoGP™ World Championship in Sachsenring, Germany.
RINS MARKS COMEBACK WITH Q2 PASSAGE, MIR STILL STRUGGLING
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 19th
Grid positions for GermanGP:
Alex Rins: 11th - 1’20.949 (+ 0.713)
Joan Mir: 17th - 1’21.014 (Q1)
Team Suzuki Ecstar continued with mixed fortunes for their two riders during Saturday at the German Grand Prix in Sachsenring.
RINS RETURNS IN GOOD FORM AFTER INJURY, MIR AIMS FOR MORE
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 18th
GermanGP Day 1:
Alex Rins: 4th - 1’21.077 (+ 0.387)
Joan Mir: 16th - 1’21.453 (+ 0.763)
The opening day of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring circuit saw both Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders on track as Alex Rins made his return from injury.
ALEX RINS MAKES HIS RETURN THIS WEEKEND IN GERMANY
Team Suzuki Press Office – June 16th
Team Suzuki Ecstar and the MotoGP™ World Championship are preparing for another dose of back-to-back rounds following a short break after the Mugello-Catalunya double header. The first stop will the Sachsenring circuit in Germany, where Alex Rins will make a tentative comeback following injury and Joan Mir aims to build on his championship points with another strong finish.
MOTOGP ESPORT ROUND 1: ALGARVE & MUGELLO
It was a qualification with a bittersweet taste after pushing to fight for the front row, but several errors led Cristian to start in P4.
A good start for Cristian but he was hurt by a connection problem that deprived him of fighting for victory. After the fall, Cristian was able to recover many of the lost positions at a good pace, although he had to settle for sixth place.
The Qualifying lap was not very favourable for Cristian, after not looking completely comfortable while riding. Cristian had to be satisfied with a 7th position.
An extremely good start by the Spaniard, climbing up to 4th position and staying in a good consistent race pace. The problems came in the last three laps of the race, where he was not entirely comfortable, and that made Cristian lose P4 but still get a fifth place.
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR RETAIN PROMISING ESPORT STAR FOR 2021
- Spaniard Cristian Montenegro Sánchez, 21, will ride again for the ‘blues’
- He has achieved 3rd place in the MotoGP eSport series for two years running
#BarcelonaTestThe best pictures from Team SUZUKI ECSTAR MotoGP IRTA Test from Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya.
JOAN MIR BRINGS HOME HARD-FOUGHT FIFTH IN CATALUNYA
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 6th
GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA
MotoGP™ Race Classification:
Joan Mir: 5th
The seventh round of the MotoGP™ World Championship saw a battle of tyre choice, high temperatures and high attrition.
#Catalan GP - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain.
#Catalan GP - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain.
JOAN MIR TAKES TENTH ON THE GRID FOR THE CATALAN GP
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 5th
Grid position for CatalanGP:
Joan Mir: 10th - 1’39.431
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir took to the track in FP3 as the solo representative for the Hamamatsu brand on qualifying day following Alex Rins’ early exit from the weekend.
The Mallorcan wasted no time in getting down to work, trying to gauge the feeling of the GSX-RR around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. With lap times coming down, Mir knew he would need to set some quick laps to secure a place in Q2, and he put together a string of fast times, maintaining a crucial Top 10 spot with 9th.
#Catalan GP - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain.
CALM AND CAREFUL START TO CATALUNYA WEEKEND FOR MIR
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 4th
CatalanGP Day 1:
Joan Mir: 16th - 1’40.150 (+ 0.915)
Team Suzuki Ecstar began the seventh round of the MotoGP™ World Championship with just one rider after Alex Rins suffered a cycling accident while training on the circuit on Thursday morning and went to hospital to undergo surgery, ruling him out of action.
GSX-R1000R vs. GSX-RR: GUINTOLI COMPARES
During the build up to the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Team Suzuki Ecstar Test Rider, Sylvain Guintoli, collaborated with BT Sport to give fans an insight to riding a sportsbike around the Tuscan track. After the experience he sat down with Team Suzuki Ecstar to chat about the differences between the road going GSX-R1000R Anniversary Edition and the full factory MotoGP™ GSX-RR machine.
STRAIGHT TO MONTMELÓ FOR THE SEVENTH ROUND IN THE SERIES
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 2.
The MotoGP™ World Championship moves directly onto Catalunya this weekend following a highly emotional Italian Grand Prix on Sunday 30th May which was marked by the tragic loss of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier.
A PODIUM FOR JOAN MIR AFTER A TRAGIC WEEKEND IN MUGELLO
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 30th
GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA OAKLEY
MotoGP™ Race Classification:
Joan Mir: 3rd
Alex Rins: DNF
The MotoGP™ race at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello got underway under a dark cloud after the tragic death of young Moto3 rider, Jason Dupasquier, was announced. Riders and members of the paddock gathered together on the grid ahead of the 23 lap race to pay their respects to the Swiss rider with a one minute’s silence.
#Italian GP - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello - Italy
#Italian GP - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello - Italy
SUZUKI READY TO GET IN THE MIX AT MUGELLO FROM THIRD ROW
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 29th
Grid positions for ItalianGP:
Alex Rins: 8th - 1’45.996
Joan Mir: 9th - 1’46.076
Team Suzuki Ecstar and the MotoGP™ paddock were met with sunny skies at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello for Saturday’s action.
FP3 went well for the confident duo of Alex Rins and Joan Mir who were both able to set several decent lap times and keep themselves firmly inside the Top 10, ensuring direct passage to Q2, which was the first goal of the day. They finished 6th and 8th in the session where the Top 10 were covered by less than half a second.
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR KICK OFF MUGELLO WITH STRONG FORM
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 28th
ItalianGP Day 1:
Alex Rins: 2nd - 1’46.218 (+ 0.071)
Joan Mir: 12th - 1’46.847 (+ 0.700)
The lush green hills of Tuscany welcomed Team Suzuki Ecstar and the MotoGP™ World Championship for Round 6 at Mugello circuit.
ROLLING TUSCAN HILLS OF MUGELLO AWAIT SUZUKI FOR ROUND 6
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 26th
The sixth round of the MotoGP™ World Championship will take place at the ever-popular Autodromo di Mugello in Italy, as the series returns after skipping a year at the circuit during the Covid-19 crisis in 2020. Team Suzuki Ecstar are keen to get their challenge back on track this weekend.
Alex Rins and Joan Mir both failed to finish a tumultuous French Grand Prix last time out when changeable conditions and inclement weather saw a high attrition rate. But the Team Suzuki Ecstar pair have happy memories of the Italian circuit, with Mir achieving 12th in his rookie MotoGP season in 2019, and third in Moto2 in 2018. Rins brought home a nice 4th in 2019 as well as picking up two podium finishes in his Moto3 days.
#JerezTestThe best pictures from Team SUZUKI ECSTAR MotoGP IRTA Test from Jerez de la Frontera.
#Spanish GP - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Jerez de la Frontera Angel Nieto Circuit.
#Spanish GP - QualifyingThe best pictures from day 2 at Jerez de la Frontera Angel Nieto Circuit.
SUZUKI’S ONLINE PODIUM
The Portuguese GP saw our first podium result of the year, a third place for Joan Mir, but a shock Covid-19 result meant we had to adapt fast to a new way of working - here’s the story behind our digital podium place…
SUZUKI EXTENDS AGREEMENT WITH DORNA TO COMPETE IN MOTOGP
Team Suzuki Press Office - April 20th
Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed with series promoter Dorna to renew their involvement in the MotoGP™ World Championship for the period ranging from the 2022 season to the 2026 season.
As a consequence of this, Suzuki Motor Corporation will deploy its Factory Team – actually known as Team Suzuki Ecstar – in the MotoGP™ World Championship’s MotoGP™ class.
#Portuguese GP - Race DayThe best pictures from day 3 at Algarve International Circuit - Portugal.
#Portuguese GP - Qualifying DayThe best pictures from day 2 at Algarve International Circuit - Portugal.
MIR’S CREW CHIEF, FRANKIE CARCHEDI, TO MISS PORTIMÃO GP
Team Suzuki Press Office - April 15th
This weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit will see the absence of a key member of Team Suzuki Ecstar following a positive Covid-19 test.
Frankie Carchedi, Joan Mir’s Crew Chief, carried out his pre-travel tests and was found to be positive for the virus.
#DohaGP - Qualifying DayThe best pictures from day 2 at Losail International Circuit - Qatar.
#QatarGP - Qualifying DayThe best pictures from day 2 at Losail International Circuit - Qatar.
THE THURSDAY THRILL
Thursday in Qatar is totally different to any other pre-race Thursday.
There’s always a hint of excitement, respect, and anticipation when a team member says “Qatar Thursday” out loud, as we all know that it is something special.