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SUZUKI READY TO FIGHT BACK AFTER TOUGH MUGELLO MOTOGP


Team Suzuki Press Office – May 29.

Alex Rins: DNF
Joan Mir: DNF


The Italian GP ended in disappointment for Team Suzuki Ecstar as both riders suffered falls on Lap 8 of the race at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello.

Despite struggling to find feeling throughout the demanding weekend, and qualifying a long way down the grid, Joan Mir and Alex Rins felt determined to gain as many positions as possible. The lights went out shortly after a stirring rendition of the Italian national anthem rang out around the Tuscan hillsides, and Rins was quick to build up pace, slotting into 15th on the first corners. By the fifth lap of the race Rins was up into 13th and Mir was running in 17th.

As Mir began to settle into a rhythm and look to gain more places on Lap 8, he suffered an unfortunate off at Turn 1, ‘San Donato.’ Although it’s a fast place to crash, he was fortunately uninjured. Just moments later, on the same lap, his team-mate Rins was also down and out – this time at Turn 12 – when a collision with another rider ended his hopes of scoring points.

The team will move directly onto the ninth round of the season, which will take place next weekend at the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya; a favoured spot for both riders.

Alex Rins:

“I was unlucky today, because I was gaining positions and feeling good, but then I was taken down by another rider. For me the move was too aggressive, and I went to Race Direction to express my concerns. On the previous lap between corners 10 and 11, I overtook Nakagami and he opened the throttle and blocked me. The next lap he did the same; he came round the outside and then we collided. Luckily, I’m not injured, but it was a shame for me. The next race is at a track I really like, I want to enjoy it, and we all want to return to form and show what we can do.”

Joan Mir:

“This has been one of the worst races in my top class career, because I never managed to achieve the right feeling and it’s a real pity. I came to Mugello feeling very optimistic and we’ve been competitive here in the past, but things changed and it was the opposite to what I expected. Unfortunately I crashed out today, whilst braking a bit late on angle after taking a slipstream, but I’m OK. Now we need to investigate everything in detail before moving onto Barcelona, where I want to recover my feeling and achieve something nice.”

Livio Suppo – Team Manager:

“It was a very difficult weekend, with neither of our riders finishing the race. For sure, this is not what we expected, but we’re glad that Joan and Alex are both fine. It’s also a good thing for us that we’ll go straight to Barcelona because we can forget this weekend quickly and set our sights on achieving something great at a circuit the riders like.”

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:

“We arrived here with a lot of confidence, but things never really went according to plan, especially in qualifying. Because we started far down the grid, it meant that the race was also a struggle, and it was hard for the riders to recover positions. It’s a tough moment for us to have two more DNFs after Le Mans, and it’s difficult to accept. But we won’t give up and we’ll try again next week in Catalunya.”

GRAND PRIX OF ITALY RACE RESULTS:

1 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati Lenovo Team 41'18.923
2 Fabio QUARTARARO Monster Energy Yamaha 41'19.558 0.635
3 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing 41'20.906 1.983
4 Johann ZARCO Prima Pramac Racing 41'21.513 2.590
5 Marco BEZZECCHI Mooney VR46 Racing Team 41'21.990 3.067
6 Luca MARINI Mooney VR46 Racing Team 41'22.798 3.875
7 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 41'22.990 4.067
8 Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU 41'29.867 10.944
9 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 41'30.179 11.256
10 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 41'30.723 11.800
11 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Gresini Racing MotoGP 41'31.839 12.916
12 Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia Racing 41'31.840 12.917
13 Jorge MARTIN Prima Pramac Racing 41'36.163 17.240
14 Alex MARQUEZ LCR Honda CASTROL 41'36.491 17.568
15 Jack MILLER Ducati Lenovo Team 41'36.610 17.687
16 Darryn BINDER WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP 41'39.188 20.265
17 Franco MORBIDELLI Monster Energy Yamaha 41'39.219 20.296
18 Michele PIRRO Aruba.it Racing 41'40.228 21.305
19 Remy GARDNER Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 41'49.471 30.548
20 Andrea DOVIZIOSO WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP 41'49.934 31.011
21 Raul FERNANDEZ Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 42'01.646 42.723
22 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia Racing 41'58.611 1 lap
Not classified:
23 Enea BASTIANINI Gresini Racing MotoGP
42 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR
36 Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

44 Pol ESPARGARO Repsol Honda Team

RIDERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

1 Fabio QUARTARARO 122
2 Aleix ESPARGARO 114
3 Enea BASTIANINI 94
4 Francesco BAGNAIA 81
5 Johann ZARCO 75
6 Alex RINS 69
7 Brad BINDER 65
8 Jack MILLER 63
9 Marc MARQUEZ 60
10 Joan MIR 56
11 Miguel OLIVEIRA 50
12 Pol ESPARGARO 40
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 38
14 Maverick VIÑALES 37
15 Jorge MARTIN 31
16 Luca MARINI 31
17 Marco BEZZECCHI 30
18 Alex MARQUEZ 20
19 Franco MORBIDELLI 19
20 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 8
21 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 8
22 Darryn BINDER 6
23 Remy GARDNER 3
24 Raul FERNANDEZ 0
25 Michele PIRRO 0
26 Stefan BRADL 0
27 Lorenzo SAVADORI 0

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