Austrian GP - Race Preview



Team Suzuki Press Office – 18 August

Round 13 is next up on the calendar and the riders will head to Austria’s Red Bull Ring, a circuit which has often seen the squad achieve great results…

Joan Mir gels particularly well with the track which is nestled in the stunning Styrian alps. The Mallorcan machine took a victory on his first time of asking in Austria back in 2016, and backed this up with another win the following year. During the worst of the pandemic, the MotoGP™ championship visited the Red Bull Ring twice per season and Mir managed 2nd and 4th in 2020, and the same results in 2021. Undoubtedly, he’ll be looking for strong result in 2022.

Things haven’t been as straight forward for Alex Rins, although he did set the fastest lap of the race here in 2020. In the past it’s been more Top 10 than Top 5 territory for Rins, but his determination to score a strong result will spur him on for this weekend’s battle. On top of this, he has been feeling ever more comfortable with his GSX-RR, and he led the way in Silverstone for several laps before a tyre issue saw him slip back.

A fresh layout will challenge the riders as they head into the Austrian GP weekend, with a new chicane having been added to the fast and treacherous Turn 2 since their last visit. This new addition should slow the riders, but the action is sure to remain at boiling point as the season hurtles towards its toughest section.

Joan Mir
“It’s cool to come back to Austria! This is a place that’s always been a bit special for me because I achieved my first ever GP race win here back in 2016. Since then, I’ve managed several top results around this crazy place, including a podium finish with 2nd last year. After the disappointment of my crash in Silverstone, I can’t wait to get back on track and push for a good finish.”

Alex Rins
“Silverstone was hard for me to swallow - it’s somewhere that I always feel good, and I was up front and ready to bring my squad a top result…but then the tyre issue happened. However, I need to look at the positive things, which are that I had super pace and that I still scored some points. I’m coming into the Austrian GP trying to focus on all the good things, and let’s see how this new layout suits us.”

Livio SuppoTeam Manager

“We’re putting Silverstone behind us and thinking about tackling the Red Bull Ring, which will be tricky as always, but will also produce great racing. Joan has really strong form here, achieving many good finishes over the years. Alex doesn’t have the same copybook in Austria, but lately he’s been riding very strongly and his motivation remains high. As always, we’ll be giving our all.”