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.
Alex Rins and Joan Mir had work to do from their grid positions of 13th and 18th, but with the track finally dry they were hopeful for a strong race. The start saw many riders bunching up, before the pack opened out a little. Rins quickly made his way into 11th while Mir was 15th. On the third lap of the race it was announced that Joan had jumped the start and he received a double long lap penalty. Just after this message was received, the Mallorcan sadly went down with Danilo Petrucci and he was out of the race. Both riders were uninjured.
Now the sole representative for Suzuki in the race, Alex was determined to mix it with the big group which led to the podium. He proceeded to make up several places with solid moves in the next laps, reaching 7th by Lap 14. One lap later he was up to 6th, and despite the gaps in the field widening, Rins didn’t give up as he worked hard to defend his spot. After plenty of drama in the closing laps of the race, Alex came across the line with 6th and a decent handful of points which moves him up to 11th in the standings.
Team Suzuki Ecstar would like to pass their congratulations to newly crowned MotoGP™ World Champion, Fabio Quartararo, and the Monster Yamaha Team who have done a fantastic job this season.
First of all, congrats to Fabio, he had an amazing year and today he took the title.- Alex Rins
“First of all, congrats to Fabio, he had an amazing year and today he took the title. From my side, I gave 100% in this race, but with the fresh tyres I was struggling to catch the guys in front of me. I was very focused on getting to the front but it wasn’t possible, I was a long way back, but I kept fighting to improve my position and I was able to make some good passes. I got 6th, which is not too bad, especially as I didn’t finish here last time out. Next we’ll move to Portimão where I hope to do better.”
“Honestly, it was a difficult weekend for me from Friday onwards and it was always going to be a tricky task today. I had a jump start penalty because I had a moment of doubt about whether I had set the launch control or not, starting from 18th isn’t easy, and when I tried to check I moved a little bit and obviously that counts as a jump start so I had to take a penalty. Then I made a mistake with the crash and I feel I should’ve managed the race situation better, so I want to apologise to the team. Fabio was the best this season by far, and although I’m feeling sad that I couldn’t defend my title, I want to congratulate him and all his team because they have been very impressive this year.”
Fabio was the best this season by far, and although I’m feeling sad that I couldn’t defend my title, I want to congratulate him and all his team because they have been very impressive this year.- Joan Mir
Shinichi Sahara - Project Leader and Team Director
“This weekend has been very difficult, mainly due to the weather conditions and the lack of dry track time. We couldn’t really get into the right rhythm with either of our riders, especially as we had several crashes in the wet. I felt confident coming into today’s race though, Alex and Joan always fight hard to make up positions, and I thought they could be up in the lead group. Unfortunately, Joan had a crash but luckily he and Petrucci are not hurt. Alex had a few issues but he pushed on for 6th. Let’s work for the closing races of the year, but today I also want to extend my congratulations to Fabio Quartararo and the Yamaha Team for the World Championship title.”
Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“We hoped to recover more positions today despite the bad grid spots, but it wasn’t possible. Joan had a difficult weekend from the start, and it didn’t get any better for him, he had bad luck in the race too and he had a crash. Alex, as usual, recovered a lot of positions from the grid but today he didn’t have enough early feeling to fight for the podium. We need to keep investigating and improving so that in the last two races we can really give our best, we’ll reset our minds and look forward to Portugal. I also want to honor Quartararo and the Yamaha Team for the excellent result they achieved today, winning the World Championship.”