CALM AND CAREFUL START TO CATALUNYA WEEKEND FOR MIR

Catalan GP - Day 1 Report

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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.

Solo rider, Joan Mir, set to work in the morning’s FP1 to try and find the best feeling with his GSX-RR around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Mir was very strong at the Catalan track last year where he achieved 2nd place, and he and the team are setting sights high again in 2021. He completed the incredibly close session - where the entire field were covered by 1.3 seconds - in 8th place.

Consistently sunny weather in FP2 meant a chance to try settings and tyres in hotter conditions, and all the MotoGP™ riders improved despite most reporting a lap of grip. Joan kept strong pace over several laps as he got his bike dialled in, holding the Top 10 for the majority of the session. However, he struggled a little with one-lap pace and pitted in before the end of the session due to lack of front feeling, he then found himself slipping down to 16th at close of play. The aim for Saturday will be to secure a place in Q2. 

“Unfortunately we only have one rider here this weekend, which is a pity because it’s a home race for both our riders. But we’ll give our best with Joan.”- Ken Kawauchi

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“Unfortunately we only have one rider here this weekend, which is a pity because it’s a home race for both our riders. But we’ll give our best with Joan, who is confident at this circuit and has good results in the past. In FP1 he managed to find good settings and the bike worked quite well. But in FP2 the feeling was a bit different and the hot lap pace was outside of the Top 10. But we will use FP3 in the morning to try and get the best feeling ahead of qualifying.”

“I felt pretty strong on this first day, despite the track not being very grippy. I was quite competitive in both sessions.” - Joan Mir
 

Joan Mir
“I felt pretty strong on this first day, despite the track not being very grippy. I was quite competitive in both sessions, but when I switched to the soft-soft combination at the end of the session I had a little problem with the front of the  bike and I didn’t feel very comfortable with pushing for a fast lap, so I decided it was better to come into the pit. I knew I couldn’t get close enough to my previous best time and I preferred to be safe instead of over-pushing. I had a nice race pace, with lots of consistent laps, but I need to work on setting some fast laps. My team will try to discover how best to deal with the problem I encountered today and we’ll be ready to go again tomorrow.”

GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA -
Combined Classification after DAY1
                                                                           

1. J. ZARCO - Pramac Racing - 01:39.235                                                                                

2. F. MORBIDELLI - Petronas Yamaha SRT - 01:39.256 +0.021                                           

3. F. QUARTARARO - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP - 01:39.401 +0.166                    

4. B. BINDER - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 01:39.662 +0.427                                       

5. F. BAGNAIA - Ducati Lenovo Team - 01:39.760 +0.525                                                     

6. M. VIÑALES - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP - 01:39.821 +0.586                             

7. J. MILLER - Ducati Lenovo Team - 01:39.914 +0.679                                            
8. E. BASTIANINI - Avintia Esponsorama - 01:39.977 +0.742                                   
9. A. ESPARGARO - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 01:39.983 +0.748                                 

10. P. ESPARGARO - Repsol Honda Team - 01:39.983 +0.748                                            

11. T. NAKAGAMI - LCR Honda IDEMITSU - 01:40.032 +0.797                                           

12. D. PETRUCCI - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing - 01:40.060 +0.825                                   

13. L. MARINI - SKY VR46 Avintia - 01:40.094 +0.859                                                

14. M. OLIVEIRA - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 01:40.096 +0.861                                 

15. M. MARQUEZ - Repsol Honda Team - 01:40.120 +0.885                                    

16. J. MIR - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 01:40.150 +0.915                                                     

17. I. LECUONA - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing - 01:40.251 +1.016                                     

18. A. MARQUEZ - LCR Honda CASTROL - 01:40.690 +1.455                                             

19. V. ROSSI - Petronas Yamaha SRT - 01:40.836 +1.601                                                    

20. L. SAVADORI - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 01:40.981 +1.746                        

21. J. MARTIN - Pramac Racing - 01:41.185 +0.807                           

CALM AND CAREFUL START TO CATALUNYA WEEKEND FOR MIR

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