Team Suzuki Press Office – April 29th
Alex Rins: 8th – 1’37.726 (+ 0.655)
Joan Mir: 12th – 1’37.842 (+ 0.771)
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders seriously impressed in the first session at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto where Joan Mir topped the session and Alex Rins slotted into second. But in FP2 the duo couldn’t quite bring their pace down enough to both close Friday within the Top 10 combined. Alex will begin qualifying day from 8th, and Joan from 12th.
Despite a beautiful sunny start to the weekend in Jerez, the remains of Thursday’s violent thunderstorm were still evident on track and damp patches were to be avoided as the riders attacked the time sheets. With the first thirteen runners covered by half a second, it wasn’t an easy ask to go fastest. However, both Mir and Rins proved confident on their GSX-RRs, and despite both losing a fast lap due to being held up by other riders, their pace shone through.
FP2 was a quieter session, and although the Suzuki riders shaved a few tenths off their lap times and hovered around the Top 10, they weren’t quite able to execute a truly flying lap in the highly competitive session. Mir set his best time of the weekend with a new soft tyre, but a mistake cost him his final hot lap. Nevertheless, the team and riders are happy with their race pace.
“It’s only Friday but things are looking very good. There’s still margin to improve, especially considering that the race will be held in similar conditions to FP2, and I suffered a little bit with front feeling. Tomorrow we’ll work on that area so that I can ride a bit more comfortably and push a bit more. I did a long run of laps and I learned a lot from that, so overall it’s been a useful and competitive day.”
“I feel really good about today; we’re working well and I feel comfortable with the bike. It was a shame that I missed the last flying lap when I went wide at Turn 2, because my pace on the fresh tyres was pretty strong. Because of that moment I will now have to focus on being quick in FP3 to get direct passage to Q2. My race pace feels nice though, so my confidence remains high.”
Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“I’m very happy with today because both our riders have really good race pace. In FP1 we held one and two in the session, and that was nice to see. Joan missed out on the final time attack lap in FP2 due to a small mistake, but it doesn’t worry us because the conditions in FP3 should be conducive to fast lap times. Our bike and our riders seem to be looking great here.”