Team Suzuki Press Office – June 18th
Joan Mir: 12th – 1’20.732 (+ 0.801)
Alex Rins: NO TIME SET
Saturday at the Sachsenring was up and down for Suzuki as Alex Rins had to withdraw from the remainder of the Grand Prix after FP3 due to his wrist injury, and Joan Mir fought against demanding conditions to get himself into final qualifying.
With temperatures rising fast in the Europe-wide heatwave, FP3 saw few improvements early doors, but Joan Mir was ready and willing to find a few extra tenths with his GSX-RR. He set a series of personal best laps in order to place himself firmly within the Top 10 and progress directly to Q2, finishing FP3 in 7th.
He continued his good feeling around the German track when he finished 3rd in FP4. A mini race simulation run also went well for the Mallorcan rider.
In Q2 temperatures reached 50 degrees Celsius on the physical and tight track, and Joan went ahead with a two-stop strategy. However, he struggled to drop his lap times further and slipped to 12th at the end of qualifying.
“Today has been a nice one, and overall I feel happy. We were able to improve the bike and I felt really good pushing in FP3 and FP4 with the hot conditions. I did a sort of race run and it went well, but then in Q2 I couldn’t match the good pace I had previously. I’m not really sure why not, but I just couldn’t manage it, we used the same settings in both exits but the time wasn’t there and neither was the feeling. Anyway, we’ll analysis the data and we’ll keep pushing for a good result tomorrow.”
Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“Of course it’s a shame that Alex couldn’t continue riding this weekend, we’re sorry for him but we support the decision, and we want to see him recover as soon as possible. Joan has had a strong weekend so far and I’m very pleased with his performance, his race pace in FP4 was really good. Unfortunately, during qualifying he suffered some vibration issues that we want to investigate, which means his start position isn’t the best. On the other hand, his race pace is great and I’m confident he can do well tomorrow.”