Team Suzuki Press Office – June 3rd
Alex Rins: 8th – 1’40.101 (+ 0.699)
Joan Mir: 16th – 1’40.650 (+ 1.248)
The pace was as hot as the weather as the Catalan GP weekend got underway in blazing June sunshine. Alex Rins proved comfortable from the get-go in FP1, setting the pace in terms of laps and sectors, and he closed the day in 8th on combined. While Joan Mir was more focused on finding the right set-up ahead of an important Saturday, finishing Friday in 16th
As is often the case in MotoGP these days, the times were incredibly tight with the first 19 riders separated by just 1 second in FP1. Alex was able to put GSX-RR at the top of the timesheets with a 1’40.101. He was fastest in sectors 2, 3, and 4 of the circuit, placing second quickest in sector 1. Joan Mir placed within the Top 10 in 9th, after spending the first part of the session working on set-up.
FP2 saw few improvements to begin with, with the track temperature running at over 50 degrees Celsius. Towards the end of the session both Rins and Mir switched over to the medium-soft tyre combination, but they did not put in a true time attack. They closed Friday in 8th and 16th respectively.
“I tried a different strategy to normal – I began with the hardest tyre on the rear and then worked my way to the medium-medium combo, which suited me well and I felt fast. I then began FP2 with this selection so that I could assess the performance in the hotter conditions, before switching to medium-soft at the end, but I didn’t really feel as good with that. However, I’m pleased with how I’ve started the weekend and my goal is to go directly to Q2 tomorrow.”
“Straight away I felt that I still had some troubles with the front end so we knew we needed to work in that area. We decided to try a few different ways to try and improve the lap times and my feeling, but we’re going to try something else tomorrow and see what happens. We’re working hard and we still feel positive because we believe that we can fix this.”
Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“Today wasn’t bad, especially with Alex; he was fast in the morning and although he didn’t improve his lap time in the afternoon, he showed consistent pace and he’s feeling pretty comfortable. On the other side of the garage Joan was struggling a little to find the best set-up, but he and the team are working to improve that for tomorrow.”