RINS HOPES TO ROCKET FROM THIRD ROW START AT MOTORLAND

Aragon GP - Day 2

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RINS HOPES TO ROCKET FROM THIRD ROW START AT MOTORLAND

Team Suzuki Press Office – September 17th  

Alex Rins: 9th – 1’46.912 (+ 0.843)

It was a rollercoaster Saturday for Suzuki in Spain as Alex Rins showed great pace, but Joan Mir was sadly forced to withdraw from proceedings after Free Practice 3 with a lack of movement and an increase of pain in his injured ankle.

The first part of the morning’s FP1 saw few improvements in the cooler conditions, but things soon began to heat up with 21 riders covered by 1 second. In the final 15 minutes Alex showed his determination for a strong result, pushing to get into the Top 10. His form allowed him to do just that, and progress directly to Q2, despite losing a lap to a yellow flag, and having a small off at Turn 5 on his last flying lap.
 

A scorching final qualifying saw Alex struggling to maintain a place in the Top 5, but he was still competitive and keen to gain the best possible grid spot. At the chequered flag he was in 9th, allowing him to start his home race from the third row, but close on time to the second row.

Alex Rins
“Today was a good day, but it could’ve been even better. My pace in FP4 under ‘race simulation conditions’ with the tyres which, in theory, I’ll use tomorrow and with a full tank showed that I can have a strong race. It’s clear that it will be a very competitive race tomorrow, with lots of my rivals running well. There are parts of the track which suit the Suzuki, but other parts which suit the other manufacturers. Anyway, I will give everything for a good result here in Aragón – I love this track and it’s like a home race for me with my family connections to this region.”
 

Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“In FP4 Alex showed good rhythm with a long run of 16 laps, and this encourages us for the race because he clearly has nice pace. In qualifying he missed out on the second row by a tiny amount, around one tenth of a second, but we’re not too worried because he’s usually able to get good starts and be fast off the line. We can’t wait for tomorrow to see what he can do. Once again, I’d like to send my best wishes to Joan as he continues his recovery.”
 

RINS HOPES TO ROCKET FROM THIRD ROW START AT MOTORLAND