LUCK NOT ON SUZUKI’S SIDE AS DOUBLE DNF BLIGHTS THE SQUAD

French GP - Day 3

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LUCK NOT ON SUZUKI’S SIDE AS DOUBLE DNF BLIGHTS THE SQUAD

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 15th  

Joan Mir: DNF
Alex Rins: DNF


Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders both suffered premature and disappointing ends to the French GP when Alex Rins had a terrifying crash on the third lap following a high speed run-off at Turn 2, and Joan Mir dropped his GSX-RR at Turn 14 with 13 laps left in the race.


A fantastic atmosphere surrounded the circuit of Le Mans as 110,000 fans sang ‘La Marseillaise’ ahead of the race start. Mir and Rins were both bumped up the grid by one spot each following a penalty for another rider. The ‘boys in blue’ showed their aggression and speed off the line, securing positions in the Top 5, before hunting down the podium places. Alex had been in 3rd place before the accident, and although he bravely re-joined briefly, he had to retire from proceedings. Joan was running strongly in a lead group of 6 riders, and setting the quickest pace compared to those around him, but a frontend wash-out put him in the gravel mid-way through the GP.
 

Both riders are uninjured and will be back on track in two weeks’ at Mugello Circuit.

Joan Mir
“It’s a shame to finish the weekend like this, and obviously it’s not what I wanted. I made a solid start, and I was working to preserve the tyre and keep my riding style smooth, but I felt quite on the limit with the front tyre and I need to work more on that. Losing the front was my mistake, when you’re following riders nowadays in this category it can be difficult to stop the bike and I didn’t manage it very well today. Normally I struggle in Le Mans and today we were fighting for something great, so I’m proud of that and we’ll keep trying.”

Alex Rins
“Luckily, I’m OK. If you run off at that corner, like I did, it can be very easy to get hit by another rider - thankfully the guys avoided me and nothing bad happened. I had already recovered some positions and I felt strong, but when I was behind Pecco (Bagnaia) I think I got a little bit more slipstream pulling me into the corner. When I was in the gravel I was just trying to keep the bike upright, but as I exited I was at a slight angle and that caused me to crash. As soon as the lights went out I pushed to be at the front, and I know my potential for good results in the next races is high.”

Livio Suppo – Team Manager
“Nobody expected this result, but at the end of the day it’s better to have two riders who are capable of fighting for the podium, even if they had small mistakes and didn’t finish,  rather than be struggling at the back all weekend. We have been competitive from Friday morning onwards, which means we can be happy about our performance. I want to give a big thanks to the team and the riders, they have been very focused on the task at hand and have done a great job.”

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager
“This weekend we had the potential, with both riders, to fight for the podium. But it was a great pity because they both had crashes and we come away with no points. The last few years we’ve struggled a lot here, but this weekend we turned that around and we were actually very strong from the beginning. Mugello is coming next, and we’ll keep our minds on fighting for podiums and victories.”

 

LUCK NOT ON SUZUKI’S SIDE AS DOUBLE DNF BLIGHTS THE SQUAD