MotoGP

TOUGH FRIDAY ON PAPER, BUT SUZUKI SHOWS SPEED AT MUGELLO


Team Suzuki Press Office – May 27.

Alex Rins: 14th – 1’46.663 (+ 0.772)
Joan Mir: 19th – 1’47.269 (+ 1.378
)

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir had a complicated start to the Italian GP weekend in Mugello with the pair closing Friday in 14th and 19th respectively.

Rins was looking solid at the beginning of FP1 on a typically sunny morning in Tuscany, placing well within the Top 5 of the highly-competitive session which saw 18 riders covered by just one second. Rins finished fourth while Mir closed FP1 in 15th.

The entire MotoGP field improved their lap times in the afternoon’s FP2, but a crash from Rins at Turn 4 and a yellow flag on Mir’s last flying lap put paid to Suzuki’s ambitions of climbing up the leader board on Friday. However, Rins set the highest top speed of the day at 355.2km/h (220.7mph), showing how promising the GSX-RR can be in the coming sessions.

Alex Rins:

“Today was quite good because I had a good feeling with the bike and my pace was nice from the morning onwards. I was fast. I had a crash in FP2, but it was without any consequences and I’m fine. I missed out on the Top 10 by a very small amount, which is a shame, but I’ll try to keep pushing tomorrow and hope to have some clean and quick laps without any mistakes.”

Joan Mir:

“Today I couldn’t manage more, and it was a shame. I quite often have problems on a Friday, it tends to be the day when I struggle most. But I have a great team behind me, and I know that they will find a solution and help me improve tomorrow. We need to find a way that I can stop the bike better, and I’ll be looking to make a step forward for FP3 and qualifying. I have been competitive here before, so I feel confident.”

Livio Suppo - Team Manager:

“On this first day in Mugello Alex has been consistently fast, but the crash was a pity because it meant he had to do a time attack on his second bike - he didn’t feel as good with it, and it conditioned his result a bit. Anyway, in general he’s looking good and he was close to the Top 10 on times. Joan has been struggling a bit more today and we need to find a better set-up for him tomorrow because last year he was very fast here, so we know he is capable of more.”

GRAND PRIX OF ITALY DAY 1 COMBINED CLASSIFICATION:

1 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing 1'45.891
2 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati Lenovo Team 1'45.940 0.049 0.049
3 Jack MILLER Ducati Lenovo Team 1'46.313 0.422 0.373
4 Johann ZARCO Prima Pramac Racing 1'46.349 0.458 0.036
5 Luca MARINI Mooney VR46 Racing Team 1'46.362 0.471 0.013
6 Enea BASTIANINI Gresini Racing MotoGP 1'46.395 0.504 0.033
7 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'46.439 0.548 0.044
8 Marco BEZZECCHI Mooney VR46 Racing Team 1'46.473 0.582 0.034
9 Fabio QUARTARARO Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1'46.519 0.628 0.046
10 Pol ESPARGARO Repsol Honda Team 1'46.618 0.727 0.099
11 Jorge MARTIN Prima Pramac Racing 1'46.629 0.738 0.011
12 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1'46.658 0.767 0.029
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU 1'46.662 0.771 0.004
14 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'46.663 0.772 0.005
14 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'46.818 0.927 0.155
16 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Gresini Racing MotoGP 1'46.915 1.024 0.063
17 Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia Racing 1'47.053 1.162 0.138
18 Alex MARQUEZ LCR Honda CASTROL 1'47.151 1.260 0.098
19 Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'47.269 1.378 0.118
20 Michele PIRRO Aruba.it Racing 1'47.432 1.541 0.163
21 Franco MORBIDELLI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1'47.468 1.577 0.199
22 Andrea DOVIZIOSO WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP 1'47.583 1.692 0.115
23 Remy GARDNER Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 1'47.684 1.793 0.101
24 Darryn BINDER WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP 1'47.687 1.796 0.003
25 Raul FERNANDEZ Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 1'47.998 2.107 0.272
26 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia Racing 1'48.088 2.197 0.090

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