Team Suzuki Press Office – April 30th
Joan Mir: 9th – 1’37.330 (+ 1.160)
Alex Rins: 14th – Q1
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s men will face a battle through the pack in tomorrow’s Spanish GP at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto after a challenging Saturday left Joan Mir 9th on the grid and Alex Rins, unable to graduate from Q1, down in 14th.
Andalucia’s climate did not disappoint, and FP3 saw ideal conditions for improvements, but as Mir and Rins struggled to achieve the ‘one lap’ feeling with their GSX-RRs they found themselves dropping down the order. In FP4 a huge save from Joan stunned onlookers, yet he was still able to take the 3rd fastest time.
In Q1 Alex gave his all to cement a place in the top two, but he sadly missed out and will instead start the GP from the fifth row. His eyes will be on the prize tomorrow after the superb comeback he enjoyed a week ago; starting 23rd and finishing 4th.
A crash in the closing moments of Q2 cost Joan Mir a final chance to improve, and although he took chunks out of his own lap time earlier in the session, it was not enough to start higher than 9th. Tomorrow he’ll be looking to repeat the Top 5 finish he scored here in 2021.
“It was a quite positive day actually, even if it doesn’t look too good on paper! The fact of the matter is that I was far from the top in qualifying, which is something we need to improve. I tried to give my best, and when I pushed on my last flying lap to try and get a little more I ended up having the crash at Turn 1. The crash and subsequent grid position are a shame, but for sure my pace can be good because my race simulations have gone well. If I can get a solid start I know we can be strong, but it’s not an easy track for overtaking.”
“Qualifying wasn’t good for us, especially as I was expecting to improve my lap time on my second exit, but I couldn’t. Today’s result is better than last Saturday in Portimão, but it’s still not good. This weekend we’ve been focusing on race setup and pace on used tyres rather than one-lap attacks. In FP4 I tried some well used tyres, I put 30 laps on them, and the pace was surprisingly good. All this makes me optimistic for the race, even though it’s hard to pass other riders here, I’ll be aiming for the podium or at least for the biggest points load possible.”
“These weren’t the results we were looking for, so tomorrow is bound to be a tough race. However, both riders have good pace with race tyres, so I think they can make a comeback. I have confidence that they’re capable of scoring some decent points tomorrow.”