Team Suzuki Press Office – August 21.

Alex Rins: 8th (+ 11.780)
Joan Mir: DNF

The 13th round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship turned out to be unlucky for Team Suzuki Ecstar when Joan Mir picked up an ankle injury following a terrifying highside at Turn 4 on the first lap.

Rain clouds loomed over the Red Bull Ring ahead of the 28-lap race, and 92,000 fans waited eagerly for the action. Mir started eighth on the grid, and Rins 11th, and the pair were hoping to carve through in their usual style. Mir made a quick start and was getting in the mix when he was launched into the air and landed heavily. He went directly to the medical centre where X-rays confirmed fractures and bone fragments in his right ankle. He will undergo further checks on Monday, including an MRI scan to rule out ligament damage.

Rins approached the race with caution, hovering around the Top 10 at a circuit which doesn’t much suit his style. With 15 laps to go he was running in ninth but quickly closing in on the group of three riders in front of him, a few laps later he had moved into eighth. Rins began to struggle with sliding and braking in the closing stages of the Austrian GP; despite this he stayed focused and finished the race in eighth, very close to seventh.

Alex Rins:

“This race was one we marked on the calendar as being a tough one for us. I got into ninth place behind Zarco and I had a stronger rhythm than him, but I found it very hard to overtake him on the brakes. I was also losing a bit on the drive out of the corners. In the end I got eighth, but we took a lot of information and data today, the feedback is going to be really important for the next rounds. Misano is next up and that place suits us better! I wish Joan the best after his scary crash.”

Joan Mir:

“I made a good start; I was able to gain some positions and put myself in the front group, but then at Turn 4 I lost the rear on corner entry and I suffered a very big crash. I feel lucky because it could’ve been a lot worse, it was a scary one. At the moment the checks show some fractures and fragments around my talus bone - the fracture doesn’t look big but the fragments could be a problem. Tomorrow I’ll go for some further tests, such as an MRI scan to check the ligament situation. After that, I should know more about my recovery time and I can plan my comeback.”

Livio Suppo – Team Manager:

“Unfortunately Joan crashed and this time it was a very big one. Considering the force of the fall, Joan is feeling lucky, and we are also really glad and thankful that his injuries weren’t more severe. Let’s see what the checks show in the next days; we wish him all the best for a quick recovery. Alex rode a good race and even though the final position wasn’t excellent, he showed nice pace on a track that he has struggled at in the past.”

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:

“It was a tough race for us. As usual, we had confidence in our race pace, but unfortunately Joan wasn’t able to show his performance at all when he suffered a big crash on the first lap. I hope he can recover quickly from his injury, and we wish him the best. Alex’s pace wasn’t as high as we expected, but he managed to get a Top 10 finish with eighth. Let’s begin working for the next race in Misano.”


1 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati Lenovo Team 42'14.886
2 Fabio QUARTARARO Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 42'15.378 0.492
3 Jack MILLER Ducati Lenovo Team 42'17.049 2.163
4 Luca MARINI Mooney VR46 Racing Team 42'23.234 8.348
5 Johann ZARCO Prima Pramac Racing 42'23.707 8.821
6 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing 42'26.173 11.287
7 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 42'26.528 11.642
8 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 42'26.666 11.780
9 Marco BEZZECCHI Mooney VR46 Racing Team 42'31.873 16.987
10 Jorge MARTIN Prima Pramac Racing 42'32.030 17.144
11 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Gresini Racing MotoGP 42'32.357 17.471
12 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 42'32.921 18.035
13 Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia Racing 42'34.898 20.012
14 Alex MARQUEZ LCR Honda CASTROL 42'41.766 26.880
15 Andrea DOVIZIOSO WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 42'44.630 29.744
16 Pol ESPARGARO Repsol Honda Team 42'45.880 30.994
17 Stefan BRADL Repsol Honda Team 42'52.846 37.960
18 Raul FERNANDEZ Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 42'56.968 42.082
19 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia Racing 43'01.552 46.666
20 Remy GARDNER Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 43'03.614 1 lap

Not classified:

21 Franco MORBIDELLI I Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
40 Darryn BINDER WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team
23 Enea BASTIANINI Gresini Racing MotoGP

Not finished first lap:



1 Fabio QUARTARARO 200
2 Aleix ESPARGARO 168
3 Francesco BAGNAIA 156
4 Johann ZARCO 125
5 Jack MILLER 123
7 Brad BINDER 107
8 Alex RINS 92
9 Jorge MARTIN 87
10 Miguel OLIVEIRA 85
11 Maverick VIÑALES 85
12 Joan MIR 77
13 Luca MARINI 69
14 Marco BEZZECCHI 68
15 Marc MARQUEZ 60
16 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 45
18 Alex MARQUEZ 29
19 Franco MORBIDELLI 26
21 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 11
22 Darryn BINDER 10
23 Remy GARDNER 9
25 Stefan BRADL 0
26 Michele PIRRO 0
27 Lorenzo SAVADORI 0

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