Team Suzuki Press Office – May 27th
Alex Rins: 14th – 1’46.663 (+ 0.772)
Joan Mir: 19th – 1’47.269 (+ 1.378)
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders, Alex Rins and Joan Mir, had a complicated start to the Italian GP weekend in Mugello with the pair closing Friday in 14th and 19th respectively.
Rins was looking solid at the beginning of FP1 on a typically sunny morning in Tuscany, placing well within the Top 5 of the highly competitive session which saw 18 riders covered by just one second. Alex finished 4th while Joan closed FP1 in 15th.
The entire MotoGP field improved their lap times in the afternoon’s FP2, but a crash from Alex at Turn 4 and a yellow flag on Joan’s last flying lap put paid to Suzuki’s ambitions of climbing up the leaderboard on Friday. Alex Rins finished 14th on combined, close to the Top 10 in terms of time, and Joan Mir was 19th.
“Today was quite good because I had a good feeling with the bike and my pace was nice from the morning onwards, I was fast. I had a crash in FP2, but it was without any consequences and I’m fine. I missed out on the Top 10 by a very small amount, which is a shame, but I’ll try to keep pushing tomorrow and hope to have some clean and quick laps without any mistakes.”
“Today I couldn’t manage more, and it was a shame. I quite often have problems on a Friday, it tends to be the day when I struggle most. But I have a great team behind me, and I know that they will find a solution and help me improve tomorrow. We need to find a way that I can stop the bike better, and I’ll be looking to make a step forward for FP3 and qualifying. I have been competitive here before, so I feel confident.”
Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“On this first day in Mugello Alex has been consistently fast, but the crash was a pity because it meant he had to do a time attack on his second bike - he didn’t feel as good with it, and it conditioned his result a bit. Anyway, in general he’s looking good and he was close to the Top 10 on times. Joan has been struggling a bit more today and we need to find a better set-up for him tomorrow because last year he was very fast here, so we know he is capable of more.”