THE AIM IN AMERICA IS RIDE THE RODEO ALL THE WAY TO A PODIUM

Americas GP - Day 2

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THE AIM IN AMERICA IS RIDE THE RODEO ALL THE WAY TO A PODIUM

Team Suzuki Press Office – April 9th

Alex Rins: 7th – 2’02.694 (+ 0.655)
Joan Mir: 8th – 2’02.947 (+ 0.908)


The Suzuki duo of Alex Rins and Joan Mir came into Saturday’s action determined to find the ideal set-up on their GSX-RRs around a track they enjoy, and to put themselves in contention for strong finishes for Sunday’s GP of the Americas.

FP3 was an action-packed session, and Joan decided to go for a time attack with around 20 minutes still left on the clock. He got up to 4th on his first flying lap, but an unfortunate crash at Turn 11 with 10 minutes left cost him the chance to improve further. Mir was uninjured and, thanks to the pace shown on Friday, he stayed within the crucial Top 10. Alex Rins was trying hard to put in fast laps, but yellow flags at the end of the session denied him a final quick lap and a potential place in Q2.

In FP4 the riders confirmed their preference for the hard-soft tyre combination and readied themselves for the fast and furious qualifying. In Q1, despite being distracted and disrupted by other riders cruising, Alex was able to finish 2nd and progress to Q2. Both Rins and Mir gave their all in Saturday’s final session, eventually taking 7th and 8th – the same grid positions they had a week ago in Argentina, where they finished the race 3rd and 4th.

Alex Rins
“My performance was good today overall, but it wasn’t an easy run; it was like being on a rollercoaster because my results were up and down! I missed the chance to go directly into Q2 after the yellow flag in FP3, but I managed to do it in Q1 and I’ll start from 7th on the grid tomorrow. There are a lot of Ducatis in front of us and they seem to be strong, but I feel the GSX-RR can be strong too. I love this track and I will try hard to get a great result.”

Joan Mir
“I felt great in FP3 this morning when the track was cooler, but then in the afternoon, when it was hotter, I didn’t have the same pace or feeling. I expected more from qualifying, but I had some trouble with getting the bike stopped. This was a problem we managed to overcome yesterday, but in FP4 and Q2 I started to feel it again - it was tricky to fix. We’ll do our best to find the best way for the race, I feel that my setup overall is strong so that makes me optimistic for tomorrow, we just need to improve a few small things.”

Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“Qualifying was exciting and competitive, it’s always tough with small margins between all the riders. In the end it’s been a positive day for us here in America. Our settings for the race are good, and we feel confident about the ability of our riders and our bike at this track. For sure it will be a tough and very physical race, but we’ll fight for it.”

THE AIM IN AMERICA IS RIDE THE RODEO ALL THE WAY TO A PODIUM