SUZUKI READY TO GET IN THE MIX AT MUGELLO FROM THIRD ROW

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SUZUKI READY TO GET IN THE MIX AT MUGELLO FROM THIRD ROW

Team Suzuki Press Office - May 29th

Grid positions for ItalianGP:
           
Alex Rins: 8th - 1’45.996
Joan Mir: 9th -  1’46.076


Team Suzuki Ecstar and the MotoGP™ paddock were met with sunny skies at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello for Saturday’s action.

FP3 went well for the confident duo of Alex Rins and Joan Mir who were both able to set several decent lap times and keep themselves firmly inside the Top 10, ensuring direct passage to Q2, which was the first goal of the day. They finished 6th and 8th in the session where the Top 10 were covered by less than half a second.

With the riders’ GSX-RRs feeling good and the setups working well, the afternoon’s FP4 meant an opportunity to check the different tyre options and do short race simulations. Once again, Rins and Mir showed their pace by closing practice in 4th and 8th.

During Q2 both Alex and Joan achieved good times on their first flying laps, but on their second exits they failed to capture quite the same pace. However, the pair will start on the third row for tomorrow’s 23 lap race, with Alex Rins 8th and Joan Mir 9th.

"My target tomorrow will be to get a good start and get involved in the front pack."- Alex Rins

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“Our riders did a very good job in FP3 and they managed to go straight to Q2, which is always the aim. In FP4 they showed strong race pace, but when it came to qualifying, they just missed out on the first two rows by a few tenths. Alex had a small technical failure during Q2 and his bike stopped at the end of the session. We’re still investigating what happened but we’re sorry for Alex because he was doing a great job. However, the third row is not bad and we know both riders will give their all, we’ll try to prepare the bikes very well and we have confidence that we can have a good race.”

"It will be a great fight here at Mugello and I will give my best."- Joan Mir

Alex Rins
“I’ve been feeling strong with the bike all weekend, so I hoped I might be higher up the grid, but anyway I think it’s OK starting from 8th. The FP3 and FP4 sessions were really good, but qualifying was harder. My target tomorrow will be to get a good start and get involved in the front pack. I think my one lap pace is good, and so is my race pace, but there are a lot of strong riders out there and I think it could be a very intense race. We might lose out a bit on the straight, but around the corners we will be strong.”

SUZUKI READY TO GET IN THE MIX AT MUGELLO FROM THIRD ROW

Joan Mir
“I gave 100% today and overall my pace was good, so I feel quite positive. We tried something different with the settings in FP4 and it didn’t make as much of a difference as I’d hoped, so we still have margin to improve. But the third row and 9th isn’t a bad position to start tomorrow’s GP, and I was glad to get direct passage to Q2. For sure it will be a great fight here at Mugello and I will give my best, so let’s see where we are when the chequered flag comes out.”

GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA OAKLEY

- Qualifying Classification
1 Fabio QUARTARARO      Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1'45.187      

2 Francesco BAGNAIA       Ducati Lenovo Team                       1'45.417       0.230 / 0.230

3 Johann ZARCO                 Pramac Racing                                 1'45.432       0.245 / 0.015

4 Aleix ESPARGARO           Aprilia Racing Team Gresini           1'45.538       0.351 / 0.106

5 Jack MILLER                     Ducati Lenovo Team                       1'45.598       0.411 / 0.060

6 Brad BINDER                    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing       1'45.743       0.556 / 0.145

7 Miguel OLIVEIRA              Red Bull KTM Factory Racing       1'45.745       0.558 / 0.002

8 Alex RINS                          Team SUZUKI ECSTAR                1'45.996       0.809 / 0.251

9 Joan MIR                          Team SUZUKI ECSTAR                1'46.076       0.889 / 0.080

10 Franco MORBIDELLI     Petronas Yamaha SRT                   1'46.084       0.897 / 0.008

11 Marc MARQUEZ             Repsol Honda Team                       1'46.125       0.938 / 0.041

12 Pol ESPARGARO           Repsol Honda Team                       1'46.393       1.206 / 0.268
13 Maverick VIÑALES         Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP            1'46.045       Q1

14 Enea BASTIANINI           Avintia Esponsorama                      1'46.129       Q1

15 Takaaki NAKAGAMI       LCR Honda IDEMITSU                   1'46.195       Q1

16 Michele PIRRO               Pramac Racing                                 1'46.302       Q1

17 Luca MARINI                   SKY VR46 Avintia                            1'46.481       Q1

18 Danilo PETRUCCI          Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing          1'46.548       Q1

19 Valentino ROSSI             Petronas Yamaha SRT                   1'46.770       Q1

20 Iker LECUONA                Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing          1'47.084       Q1

21 Lorenzo SAVADORI       Aprilia Racing Team Gresini           1'47.146       Q1

22 Alex MARQUEZ              LCR Honda CASTROL                    1'47.216       Q1

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