RINS HOT STEPS TO P5 ON THE GRID AHEAD OF THE LAST DANCE

Valencia GP - Day 2

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RINS HOT STEPS TO P5 ON THE GRID AHEAD OF THE LAST DANCE

Team Suzuki Press Office – November 5th   

Alex Rins: 5th – 1.29.940 (+ 0.319)
Joan Mir: 12th – 1’30.241 (+ 0.620)

 

It was a satisfactory Saturday for Team Suzuki Ecstar as they start the countdown to their final MotoGP appearance, with Alex Rins taking a solid second row start and Joan Mir managing 12th.

The day commenced with a slow-burning FP3, where the field failed to improve for much of the session and an early red flag plus several crashes hampered the flow. With only around 15 minutes of the session remaining, temperatures and action began to rise. Alex and Joan both improved and dropped their lap times compared with their Friday best. Both went for a final push to secure a place in Q2, Joan jumped up the standings to 6th before dropping to a vital 10th, and Alex finished just 0.005 behind his team-mate in 11th.

Alex handled the pressure of Q1 well, determined to get into the all-important Top 2. He set a 1’30.126 shortly before the end of the session which put him in 2nd position. The two boys in blue then headed confidently into final qualifying, both showing promising pace. With just 4 minutes left in the session Alex was running 3rd, and Joan 6th. At the line they took a second row and fourth row start, close to the pole time at just +0.319 and +0.620 off.

Alex Rins
“It was a solid day, and when I missed out on passage to Q2 by just 0.005 I was even more determined to make sure I did it in Q1. I’m happy with the job that the team and I did to get me into the Top 2. I only had one soft tyre, so I put the medium on, and in the end I was actually quicker with that which I didn’t expect! But I did have a few small mistakes in my final flying lap. I’m ready to give 100% in tomorrow’s race, I’m feeling very focused.”

Joan Mir

“Overall, we’ve made a big step today compared with yesterday, and we were able to go directly to Q2 - which is really important. Then, in FP4, I think I still have a small margin to continue improving a couple of tenths, but the good thing is that I feel a lot better than yesterday. We’re not really in the position that we want, I hoped to go faster on my second exit in Q2, but the feeling wasn’t bad and my early laps were pretty competitive. But we’ll try to start well tomorrow and set a good pace.”

Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“I’m happy for Alex, and second row is a good result. His race pace is good and his position is strong when it comes to fighting for the race. Unfortunately, Joan struggled a bit more in qually, but he got into Q2 and will start 12th. I’m sure he will also try to end the Suzuk adventure in a good way.”

 

RINS HOT STEPS TO P5 ON THE GRID AHEAD OF THE LAST DANCE