Team Suzuki Press Office - September 17th
Joan Mir: 2nd – 1’32.746 (+ 0.080)
Alex Rins: 5th - 1’32.885 (+ 0.219)
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders, Joan Mir and Alex Rins, kicked off the race weekend at Misano in style less than one week after racing in Aragón - where Mir took his fifth podium of the season.
The pair placed themselves inside the Top 5 early in FP1 on Friday morning, and despite the track being a little ‘green’ and lacking in grip, the warm and sunny conditions allowed the riders to feel comfortable with their GSX-RRs from the get-go. After taking 1st and 2nd on the timesheets they turned their attention to setting a string of strong laps. The Top 16 riders were covered by 1 second with 12 minutes left in the session when the skies opened and torrential rain soaked Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. With 5 minutes left on the clock, both Rins and Mir opted to head out on full wet tyres to gauge the situation.
When FP2 rolled around, the riders’ decision to exit in the wet during FP1 paid off as once again it began to pour down. With plenty of standing water on the track, Joan and Alex were able to cautiously get to grips with conditions, avoiding crashes but gradually building confidence should the remainder of the weekend be wet. They steadily worked their way up, with Mir taking 4th and Rins 11th in FP2.
At the end of Friday, Suzuki’s best times from the morning stood with Joan Mir in 2nd and Alex Rins in 5th, both very close to top spot.
We’ve done a good job and we feel happy and strong here.- joan Mir
“It was a shame that I wasn’t able to do a time attack with a soft tyre today, because that’s something we want to work on, and we need to work on. But the weather had other ideas! Anyway, my feeling with the bike is good in both wet and dry conditions. We collected a lot of good information today, and although there’s still margin to improve, we’ve done a good job and we feel happy and strong here. The track is unpredictable in the wet so I was very cautious, let’s see tomorrow if we get some dry track time.”
“It was a mixed day, we got the chance to try all conditions. This morning, in the first half an hour of FP1, I felt really good and it was nice to find that feeling so early in the weekend. My best lap was set even with some mistakes, so I think that I can improve tomorrow. The whole of FP2 was in wet conditions, and I managed to do a lot of laps to discover the grip and the limits, that was really useful. I tried a few tyre options today and I feel well prepared for tomorrow.”
I felt really good and it was nice to find that feeling so early in the weekend.- Alex Rins
Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“It seems like our first day of the Misano weekend isn’t bad. We were able to try wet and dry settings and in both situations the feeling was quite good for our riders. Because of the weather, though, there were some things we didn’t manage to try so that means tomorrow will be an important day for us. But overall, we’re satisfied with our pace so far.”