TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR OFF TO A FLYING START FOR STYRIAN

Styrian GP - Day 1 Report

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TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR OFF TO A FLYING START FOR STYRIAN

Team Suzuki Press Office - August 6th

 

StyrianGP Day 1:

Joan Mir: 2nd - 1’23.881 (+ 0.076)
Alex Rins: 4th - 1’24.221 (+ 0.416)


Team Suzuki Ecstar returned to MotoGP™ action on Friday following a five-week summer break. Austria’s Red Bull Ring awaited the eager riders and fans for the first in a double header, the Styrian Grand Prix.

Both Joan Mir and Alex Rins got off to a great start in the morning’s FP1 session, quickly getting to grips with the circuit in Spielberg. They set about putting in lots of laps with their GSX-RRs on the dry track, and found themselves with comfortably strong pace. Mir rocketed to the top of the time sheets early on and was able to maintain this number one spot for the vast majority of the session, only slipping to 2nd by +0.076 at the very end of FP1. Rins was firmly in the Top 10 throughout the morning, and a time attack brought him up into 4th.
The Suzuki pair showed their form around the track as Alex clocked the fastest time in sector 2 and Joan in sectors 3 and 4.

A heavy rain shower ahead of FP2 left the riders with no choice but to test the track in wet conditions - something which may prove useful if Sunday’s predicted downpours arrive. Mir and Rins were not put off by the slippery conditions and they were determined to continue their good work ahead of tomorrow’s sessions. They managed this very well, closing the session in 3rd and 6th respectively, and completing Friday in 2nd and 4th on combined.

We’ve done a great job today so overall I’m feeling good.- Joan Mir

Joan Mir
“I’m happy about today, straight away on my first pit exit I felt comfortable on the bike and I was able to push and be quite fast with consistent lap times. So it has been a good starting point, the bike has a solid base set-up. This afternoon in the wet and mixed conditions it was a bit more difficult, but it was important to understand which tyres might work best in the wet because on Sunday there could be rain, so it’s useful to try the feeling in various different conditions. We’ve done a great job today so overall I’m feeling good.”

Alex Rins
“Both FP1 and FP2 were good for us. At the beginning of the first session it was a bit tricky to find the speed and get the correct braking points, but in the end it went well, we did some good laps and came up the timesheet. Then FP2 was wet, but in the end it was quite nice because by the end of the session the track was drier and I kept the positive feelings with the bike. If tomorrow we will have the conditions to try it already, it will be exciting to see how it works, but the main goal at the moment is to get into Q2."

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“For the moment I think we’ve restarted the season well. This morning was dry and then this afternoon it started out wet and then later on it was damp, and it seems that we are competitive in all conditions at the moment. We’ll continue working on our race set-up and tomorrow in FP3 we’ll hope to go straight to Q2 which will put us in a better position to get the best possible results.”

If tomorrow we will have the conditions to try it already, it will be exciting to see how it works, but the main goal at the moment is to get into Q2.- Alex Rins

MICHELIN® GRAND PRIX OF STYRIA - Combined Classification after DAY1           

1. T. NAKAGAMI - LCR Honda IDEMITSU - 01:23.805                                                           

2. J. MIR - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 01:23.881 +0.076                                                       

3. A. ESPARGARO - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 01:24.183 +0.378
4. A. RINS - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 01:24.221 +0.416
5. P. ESPARGARO - Repsol Honda Team - 01:24.254 +0.449
6. M. MARQUEZ - Repsol Honda Team - 01:24.475 +0.670                                                  

7. M. VIÑALES - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP - 01:24.492 +0.687                              

8. J. ZARCO - Pramac Racing - 01:24.580 +0.775                                                                  

9. F. QUARTARARO - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP - 01:24.580 +0.775        

10. J. MILLER - Ducati Lenovo Team - 01:24.827 +1.022                                          

11. D. PEDROSA - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 01:24.850 +1.045                     

12. F. BAGNAIA - Ducati Lenovo Team - 01:24.915 +1.110                                       

13. A. MARQUEZ - LCR Honda CASTROL - 01:24.959 +1.154                                 

14. L. MARINI - SKY VR46 Avintia - 01:25.207 +1.402                                                

15. M. OLIVEIRA - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 01:25.238 +1.433                     

16. V. ROSSI - Petronas Yamaha SRT - 01:25.264 +1.459                                        

17. J. MARTIN - Pramac Racing - 01:25.316 +1.511                                                               

18. B. BINDER - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 01:25.317 +1.512                         

19. D. PETRUCCI - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing - 01:25.409 +1.604                       

20. I. LECUONA - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing - 01:25.499 +1.694                         

21. E. BASTIANINI - Avintia Esponsorama - 01:25.585 +1.780                                 

22. L. SAVADORI - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 01:25.793 +1.988            

23. C. CRUTCHLOW - Petronas Yamaha SRT - 01:26.090 +2.285

TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR OFF TO A FLYING START FOR STYRIAN

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