Team Suzuki Press Office – August 5th
Joan Mir: 2nd – 1’59.100 (+ 0.154)
Alex Rins: 7th – 1’59.246 (+ 0.300)
The excitement was palpable as the roar of bikes returned for MotoGP fans, following the five-week summer break. Silverstone circuit played host, and Suzuki’s riders, Alex Rins and Joan Mir, wasted no time in showing their intentions.
FP1 saw Rins quickly get into 2nd place, and at around the half-way point in the session he had set the fastest time. He set the best pace anew less than 30 seconds before the chequered flag. Two final flying laps from his rivals pushed Alex to 3rd, but his sector times clearly showed his pace.
Joan Mir, having only ridden here on a MotoGP bike once before, settled into the session nicely and found a decent rhythm to claim 8th.
The Suzuki riders’ strength in FP1 stood them in good stead heading into FP2. Alex was once again running at the front, while Joan dramatically improved his laptime to continue climbing. The GSX-RR mounted pair were running 1st and 2nd with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.
They closed the session with Joan in 2nd, just over a tenth from the top, and Alex 7th, three tenths from 1st place.
“It’s been a good start to the weekend, and I’ve enjoyed today. We’re working well, and although we weren’t in the positions we expected at the start of the season, we’re continuing to put a lot of effort in and it’s paying off. We want to continue improving, and I feel that we can do that. I’m not very familiar with Silverstone, but it’s a very fluid and flowing track which really suits our bike. I want to be in the top positions for every session, but let’s see what happens when we work on our race pace.”
“It was a very good day, coming back strong from the holidays. Today I was initially missing a fast lap, but then I tried the soft tyre in the middle of the session - partly to improve, but also to get the feel of how that compound could be for the race. As always, our bike is working well here, you can see that both myself and Joan are feeling strong. I think it will be a competitive weekend with some close results.”
Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“The first two sessions were positive, and both riders seem to be confident around here, so let’s look forward to the rest of the weekend. We go into tomorrow with both riders already in the Top 10, and I’m happy that the long break hasn’t affected anything – as soon as they were back on track, they were fast, so it’s really good.”