Team Suzuki Press Office – June 4th
Alex Rins: 7th – 1’39.145 (+ 0.403)
Joan Mir: 17th – 1’39.664 (Q1)
The Catalan GP will see Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders start from 7th and 17th on the grid after a sizzling qualifying session in which Joan was unable to get through Q1 and Alex held on for a third row start.
After using FP3 and FP4 to continue working on settings and tyre options.
Despite getting close to the Top 10 in FP3, Joan missed out on passage to Q2, whereas Alex managed to slot himself into 9th place on his final push. In FP4 the track was running extremely hot as the riders got the feel for tomorrow’s likely race conditions.
Joan tried to break into the all-important top spots in Q1 but he was unable to, although he felt an improvement on the front-end feel compared to yesterday. He closed the session in 7th, putting him 17th on the grid, and he hopes to carve through tomorrow.
In Q2 Alex felt confident on his first exit, pushing up to 3rd. But on his second exit he couldn’t find any more time and he therefore finished up 7th. He’s ready to attack tomorrow’s race from this third row spot.
“I’m feeling happy with my performance so far this weekend; the team and I are doing a good job and I have nice pace. I gave everything in qually, and 7th isn’t a bad place to start. It will be a very demanding race tomorrow; in terms of heat, competitiveness, and tyre wear. My target will be to get up the front and fight with those guys, so let’s try and get a good start and go for it.”
“I’m still not feeling 100% confident with my feeling, but we’ve made a good step forward and I’m happy about that. So, because of this work done overnight, I was able to do much better on used tyres. I am still struggling to do a time attack, because on the new tyres I don’t have the best feeling. The main thing is that we know the situation and I will work to overcome it. And I know that I can have strong pace, especially later on in the race.”
Livio Suppo - Team Manager
“The result isn’t fantastic, but we’re still quite happy because Alex confirmed the good feeling he had yesterday and with the race set-up he’s fast. He missed out on the second row by a very small amount, but he has strong pace. Joan made a big step compared to yesterday, especially on used tyres. He didn’t have the best feeling with new tyres, but I’m sure he can have a good race. Let’s wait and see…”