Team Suzuki Press Office – November 12th
Alex Rins: 4th – 1’31.335 (+ 0.409)
Joan Mir: 7th – 1’31.513 (+ 0.586)
The final race weekend of the season got underway at Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia with FP1 on Friday morning. A sudden and unexpected downpour just moments before the start of the session made life difficult for the riders and teams as they adjusted the bikes and tentatively headed out on track. Despite a few crashes among the field and challenging conditions, Joan Mir and Alex Rins put together a good session, and as the flag came out they got into 5th and 11th.
FP2 was much brighter and the track was mostly dry with just a few damp patches. Both riders were able to go out on slick tyres from the beginning of the session. FP2 was an important one being the first dry session of the weekend so far, although it’s likely that it won’t be the splitter for qualifying because tomorrow morning’s forecast is warm and bright. Alex had strong pace, especially in the latter half of the session, getting into the Top 3 and eventually closing FP2 in 4th. Joan was likewise improving as the session went on and he became more comfortable. He made it into 7th place. Both riders in the provisional Top 10 is a strong start for the final round of the year.
This morning I felt great in the wet and I was able to build up a good performance from the beginning.- Joan Mir
“It was a positive day for us, trying two different conditions. This morning I felt great in the wet and I was able to build up a good performance from the beginning, so I was pretty happy with that. Then in the afternoon I still had some work to do with the dry set-up; I didn’t feel fully confident. But the base is fine, so I feel quite optimistic for tomorrow. Let’s see what we can do, I’m looking forward to it.”
“My first day here in Valencia wasn’t so bad, it’s a shame that FP1 was wet because it was almost like a wasted session – the forecasts say we won’t get anymore rain this weekend. But you know, you have to tackle each session as it comes. In FP2 I had pretty good pace and we made a good step today. Let’s try to get the best set-up for tomorrow and attack for qualifying.”
In FP2 I had pretty good pace and we made a good step today. Let’s try to get the best set-up for tomorrow and attack for qualifying.- Alex Rins
Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“Despite the weather forecast saying otherwise, FP1 was actually wet and then FP2 was dry. So each session was approached differently, especially with the tricky conditions. This morning we didn’t really work on set-up, that was done in the afternoon when the track was dry. For the moment, both riders are looking quite strong, and despite still having things to improve on, they are both running in the Top 10. So tomorrow we’ll continue our work and see how the qualifying goes.”