Team Suzuki Press Office – August 20th
Joan Mir: 8th – 1’29.255 (+ 0.483)
Alex Rins: 11th – 1.29.424 (+ 0.652)
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir and Alex Rins took full advantage of a dry start to Saturday, improving their times and standing themselves in good stead for Top 10 placings. FP3 was the usual tight and tense affair and the squad needed to give their all to stay in contention, Joan was first to lay down a time - the fastest of the weekend - and Alex stayed close by. At the flag, it was Rins 7th and Mir 10th, securing vital passage to Q2.
Both riders demonstrated their notable race pace again in FP4 as they put in the laps ahead of the final qualifying session of the weekend. At the start of Q2 it seemed both Suzuki boys would be pushing for Top 5 grid spots - especially Mir, who was 4th with just minutes to go. At close of play Joan took a third row slot with 8th, and Alex was 11th , both within six tenths of the pole.
“Overall the weekend has been positive for us so far. I was able to do a good first run at the start of Q2, and I was hoping for more laps like that in my second exit, but I ran wide on my best lap. I knew anything more than third row would be tough, we’re all separated by very small gaps, so I’m fairly satisfied with 8th. I’m hoping to enjoy tomorrow’s race…I think it will be a wild one, and I want to be in the mix!”
“Today wasn’t so bad, I improved my feeling with the front in the morning’s FP3 and that helped me to get into Q2. Then when it came to qualifying I gave my all for a quick lap, I set a good time, but even at around four tenths of a second off the top you’re in 11th place! I’ll try to recover some positions in the race, and let’s see how we can manage against the Ducatis, who seem to have an advantage.”
Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“We were expecting a little bit more; unfortunately qualifying didn’t go so well after the big effort to get directly into Q2. However, the race is the most important thing, and I believe they both have decent pace. It will be a very close battle between all the riders tomorrow, and I hope Joan and Alex will play a part in that fight.”