Team Suzuki Press Office – June 24th
Alex Rins: 4th – 1’33.611 (+ 0.337)
Joan Mir: 6th – 1’33.899 (+ 0.625)
The Dutch TT at Assen circuit brought traditionally wet conditions for Friday, but this didn’t deter Alex Rins and Joan Mir as the GSX-RR mounted pair showed their intentions for the weekend with 4th and 6th on combined.
The circuit conditions for FP1 were quite extreme with a lot of standing water and torrential rain, but both Suzuki riders were quick to head out on track and check out the situation. They struck the ideal balance between caution and pushing, and finished the morning session with Joan 2nd and Alex 7th. Joan also topped sector 3 by over two tenths of a second.
Although FP2 started out wet, the classic Assen track soon began to dry out. Suzuki’s riders took advantage of this with Joan putting in a total of 21 laps, and Alex trying out one of the new aero package options. During the last twenty minutes of the session the entire field switched to slick tyres and the leaderboard was chopping and changing. With Rins and Mir feeling ever more comfortable they continued to drop their lap times and keep themselves in the Top 10. A great last push put Alex 4th and Joan 6th.
“Today was pretty good in both wet and dry conditions. This morning in FP1 I felt it was quite risky because the track had a lot of standing water, and the spray was bad. We started FP2 in the wet too, but in the end the track dried out, which happens amazingly quickly! I had a bit of pain in my wrist, but I feel that it’s progressing well. Today I also had the opportunity to try one of the aero packages, which I wasn’t able to try at the Catalan test, it was useful to use it and we’ll check the data.”
“It’s a typical day in Assen with a lot of rain, but I feel good! It was useful to have one completely wet session and one slightly drier with slicks at the end. This situation gave us a chance to prepare quite well for the weekend, and I felt comfortable with both conditions. The bike feels strong, and staying inside the Top 10 is crucial - especially when you’ve got mixed weather - so that will be our main goal tomorrow.”
Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“It’s been a good first day with Alex and Joan demonstrating their strength in the differing conditions, and able to be fast on wet and slick tyres. I’m very pleased to see that Alex is in better shape with his wrist so far this weekend, and heading into tomorrow with both riders in the Top 10 is pretty solid. Overall, I’m happy with this start to proceedings - let’s continue like this.”