Austrian GP - Day 3



Team Suzuki Press Office – August 21st    

Alex Rins: 8th (+ 11.780)
Joan Mir: DNF

The thirteenth round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship turned out to be unlucky for Team Suzuki Ecstar when Joan Mir picked up an ankle injury following a terrifying highside at Turn 4 on the first lap.

Rain clouds loomed over the Red Bull Ring ahead of the 28-lap race, and 92,000 fans waited eagerly for the action. Joan Mir started 8th on the grid, and Alex Rins 11th, and the pair were hoping to carve through in their usual style. Mir made a quick start and was getting in the mix when he was launched into the air and landed heavily, he went directly to the medical centre where X-rays confirmed fractures and bone fragments in his right ankle. He will undergo further checks on Monday, including an MRI scan to rule out ligament damage.

Alex Rins approached the race with caution, hovering around the Top 10 at a circuit which doesn’t much suit his style. With 15 laps to go he was running in 9th but quickly closing in on the group of three riders in front of him, a few laps later he had moved into 8th. Alex began to struggle with sliding and braking in the closing stages of the Austrian GP, despite this he stayed focus and finished the race in 8th, very close to 7th.

Alex Rins

“This race was one we marked on the calendar as being a tough one for us. I got into 9th place behind Zarco and I had a stronger rhythm than him, but I found it very hard to overtake him on the brakes. I was also losing a bit on the drive out of the corners. In the end I got 8th, but we took a lot of information and data today, the feedback is going to be really important for the next rounds. Misano is next up and that place suits us better! I wish Joan the best after his scary crash.”

Joan Mir

“I made a good start; I was able to gain some positions and put myself in the front group, but then at Turn 4 I lost the rear on corner entry and I suffered a very big crash. I feel lucky because it could’ve been a lot worse, it was a scary one. At the moment the checks show some fractures and fragments around my talus bone - the fracture doesn’t look big but the fragments could be a problem. Tomorrow I’ll go for some further tests, such as an MRI scan to check the ligament situation. After that, I should know more about my recovery time and I can plan my comeback.”

Livio Suppo – Team Manager
“Unfortunately Joan crashed and this time it was a very big one. Considering the force of the fall, Joan is feeling lucky, and we are also really glad and thankful that his injuries weren’t more severe. Let’s see what the checks show in the next days, we wish him all the best for a quick recovery. Alex rode a good race and even though the final position wasn’t excellent, he showed nice pace on a track that he has struggled at in the past.”

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager
“It was a tough race for us. As usual, we had confidence in our race pace, but unfortunately Joan wasn’t able to show his performance at all when he suffered a big crash on the first lap. I hope he can recover quickly from his injury, and we wish him the best. Alex’s pace wasn’t as high as we expected, but he managed to get a Top 10 finish with 8th. Let’s begin working for the next race in Misano.”