Team Suzuki Press Office - August 29th
MONSTER ENERGY BRITISH GRAND PRIX
MotoGP Race Classification:
Alex Rins: 2nd
Joan Mir: 9th
The usual Silverstone atmosphere closed in on Sunday for the British Grand Prix - an air of unpredictability both in weather conditions and results, and the 67,000 fans present were treated to a tense 20 lap MotoGP™ race.
Joan Mir and Alex Rins were quickly into 7th and 8th on the second lap of the race, and the Team Suzuki Ecstar duo looked keen to make moves in the early stages. With a few riders between them and the top spots, it wasn’t an easy task to make up places. The mission to close down the Ducatis in front of them ended with both GSX-RR riders through on Lap 6. Alex Rins then made a move on his team-mate, and the pair made a pass at Turn 7 on Francesco Bagnaia. By Lap 8 Rins had already moved into a podium place with 3rd.
While Alex continued his quest to get to the front, Joan was struggling a little with his feeling on the track. This is the first time the Mallorcan has raced at Silverstone on a MotoGP™ bike and he was holding a solid 5th place for several laps but towards the end of the race he began to lose places after struggling for feel on his front end. He therefore finished the race in 9th place.
Having got into 2nd place on Lap 12, Rins did a great job of maintaining this position despite pressure from Aleix Espargaro during the last laps. Riding in his usual smooth style around a track he really likes, he was able to take his first podium of the season.
Joan Mir holds onto 2nd in the championship standings, while Alex moves up to 11th.
I was fast but without taking risks or having to make aggressive moves. It’s a great feeling to be back on the podium and celebrate with all my team.- Alex Rins
“I’m super, super, super happy because we’ve put in a lot of effort and work to get back on the podium. It hasn’t been easy, because even when I’ve had the pace, I’ve had crashes and problems. I was aiming for a Top 5 finish today, but in the end I felt really good and comfortable with the bike so I was able to push. I was fast but without taking risks or having to make aggressive moves. It’s a great feeling to be back on the podium and celebrate with all my team.”
“Well, honestly, the feeling today was really good and I was able to ride in a nice way and be in the positions that I wanted. I felt confident with my bike and I knew that I could have good race pace. Even if my results this weekend haven’t been really strong, I was feeling very strong in the race. But then I started struggling with the front end, which was completely unexpected, and I lost a lot of time in the last laps. This problem started from the tenth lap, and from then it was a bit of a struggle and I’m disappointed because I was hoping for a better result, even for my first time here.”
I started struggling with the front end, which was completely unexpected, and I lost a lot of time in the last laps.- Joan Mir
Shinichi Sahara - Project Leader and Team Director
“Today was a mixed day for us. We’re very happy for Alex, finally he got a podium and he did a good job. This is his first podium of the year, so it’s very nice for all of us. It was a pity for Joan because he was in really good shape and he learned the track well, but then he had some issues with the feeling on the front end. We need to investigate what happened because it cost him quite a few positions. But he is still second in the championship, which is a great thing. We know that qualifying is our biggest issue at the moment, so we’ll continue to work and fight.”
Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“First I want to say congratulations to Alex, we’ve all waited a long time to see him on the podium again and it’s been a strong comeback. I hope he can continue in this way. Joan’s performance wasn’t bad, but he struggled with the feeling and in the end we couldn’t get the result we’d hoped for. But the season isn’t finished yet, we will continue to fight and let’s see what happens.”