Argentina GP - Day 3 Report



Team Suzuki Press Office – April 3rd

Alex Rins: 3rd

Joan Mir: 4th

The racing return to Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina proved action-packed and atmospheric. And for Team Suzuki Ecstar, Sunday’s 25-lap brought success as they took the first podium of the season and rose to the top of the Teams’ Championship.

From 7th and 8th on the grid, Alex Rins and Joan Mir headed into the race with measured consistency and placed themselves within the lead group from the get-go. The pair spent these early laps behind a few riders and unable to chase the two riders who had broken away out front, but by Lap 5 they were running 4th and 5th.

Feeling ever more comfortable with their GSX-RRs, they kept cool and continued the push for the front - and on Lap 7 Alex made a great pass at Turn 8 to take 3rd. Joan had clear air either side and he concentrated on gaining the best possible result. The Mallorcan crossed the line in a very solid 4th place, adding to his already blossoming points tally.
As the race neared its end, Rins was keeping the gap to the leading riders tantalisingly close, bringing it down to just half a second on the last lap. However, as the chequered flag flew he was content with an excellent 3rd place, his first podium of the season at the very track where he took his debut MotoGP rostrum in 2018.

Team Suzuki Ecstar will now head directly to Texas for Round 4 at the Circuit of the Americas.

Alex Rins
“I’m so happy to get third and be back on the podium, especially here in Argentina. This is a great result, but I need to qualify better to give myself more chances. It wasn’t an easy race, because the level of all the riders is so high and you have to stay calm and make clean passes. In the end I was close to the top two riders, but it wasn’t quite possible. But third feels great and I’m excited to go to Austin with a clear mind and try to repeat my performance – it’s another track I like!”

Joan Mir
“My start was good, but on the first couple of laps I couldn’t manage to do many overtakes. I started more or less in the middle of the grid, which isn’t the best place to be; because if you’re on either side you have a few more opportunities to overtake on the first corners. But anyway, the race has been good, I was able to be consistent, and I could show nice pace. On the last laps I had the impression that I was strong, my feelings were great, and this is the most important thing. We move to Austin now, and we’ll try to make another step with the bike and setup, even if that track doesn’t suit my style very well I will try to be competitive and keep building before we get to Europe.”

Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“It’s been a very positive weekend. Our riders and our bike confirmed their high level of performance. I’m super happy to see Alex on the podium, the first of the season and Joan also did a great job - really close to the podium as well. We’ll aim to keep this momentum and go to Austin with confidence where we’ll continue fighting. I feel very proud that we’re leading the Teams’ Championship, it’s a good start for now.”

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager
“It’s been a strange weekend; very busy for everybody due to the cancellation of Friday and a very busy Saturday. We were able to manage it well and achieve third and fourth, our riders were strong and fast and we’re happy about this. After today’s race we have moved into the lead of the Teams’ Championship and this is another nice boost for us as we continue our work. We have Texas next week and then the European part of the season starts, so we need to keep our concentration. I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Aleix and Aprilia for their victory today.”