Team Suzuki Press Office – November 5th
Joan Mir: 4th – 1’39.680 (+ 0.290)
Alex Rins: 10th – 1’40.176 (+ 0.786)
The MotoGP™ World Championship is back in Portugal for the penultimate round of the 2021 season. The series last visited the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve back in April, where the Suzuki riders both had very strong pace and Joan Mir bagged a podium finish.
Bright and chilly conditions were the order of the morning and Joan Mir and Alex Rins were on good form from the get-go. The GSX-RR riders held positions in the Top 5 and improved lap by lap, despite a huge moment for Mir at Turn 13.
The pair closed FP1 in 4th and 5th.
FP2 may have been the crucial session, with the pleasant Algarve afternoon offering warmer track temperatures than predicted for tomorrow morning. The session was very competitive as the first 18 riders were covered by just 1 second, but this didn’t faze Mir and Rins as they continued to dial in hot laps. Towards the end of the session, Joan became the first rider to set a lap under 1’40”, and he continued to carve time out. Alex had dropped to the cusp of the Top 10, but in the final moments he managed a quicker lap and got into an important 10th.
It was a positive day for us; we’re working well and I felt competitive straight away so that made our work a bit easier today.- Joan Mir
“It was a positive day for us; we’re working well and I felt competitive straight away so that made our work a bit easier today. Apart from the big moment in FP1, everything has been running smoothly. We focused on a few small details, including the electronics, and we’re following the steps to try and build a strong weekend. So far, I’m happy.”
“This is a good track for me and our bike works well here – this morning I was fast and also this afternoon, especially with the soft rear I felt really good. In the last laps of the day I was missing something, and I couldn’t reach the target of being a bit faster. However, I still made it into the Top 10 and we know where we can improve so we will keep pushing.”
In the last laps of the day I was missing something, and I couldn’t reach the target of being a bit faster.- Alex Rins
Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“This is the second time we’ve been here this year, which means we already had some data from the first race back in April. At the moment it seems that our bikes and our settings are working quite well. In the afternoon we made some improvements, but tomorrow I think everybody will take another step forward so we need to be prepared and continue our work. Our target first of all will be to get into Q2, then we’ll hope to get good grid positions.”