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SUZUKI ROUNDS OFF 2020 WITH FIRST AND THIRD IN CHAMPIONSHIP


Team Suzuki Press Office - November 22.

GRANDE PRÉMIO MEO DE PORTUGAL RACE RESULTS:

Alex Rins: 15th (+ 27.776)
Joan Mir: DNF


The 2020 MotoGP World Championship came to a close under sunny skies at Portugal’s stunning Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. It was a tough race for Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders, Alex Rins and Joan Mir, from their grid spots in 10th and 20th respectively.

Both riders made good progress off the line, with Rins slotting into seventh and Mir into 15th, but the highly competitive race was hard to manage. Mir had contact with a couple of riders and he dropped back to 20th place, while Rins slipped to eighth.

The pair began to recoup and settle into a rhythm in order to regain the lost places, but for title holder Mir it became an impossible task and an electronics issue ruled him out of the race on lap 16. Rins began to close in on the group in front of him, but as the 25 lap race wore on he started to struggle with feeling and tyre wear and he had to settle for a 15th place finish.

Despite the disappointment in Portugal, Team Suzuki Ecstar are still extremely proud of the results achieved this season with Mir taking the Riders’ Championship, Rins taking third place in the final standings, and Team Suzuki Ecstar topping the Teams’ Championship. All these fantastic results come in the same year that Suzuki won the Endurance World Championship with SERT, as well as the company’s 100th Anniversary and 60 Years in Racing milestones.

The entire team would like to extend their gratitude not only to Suzuki and the riders, but to all those who made this season possible and to all the fans and partners who supported us throughout.

Shinchi Sahara - Project Leader:

“This season has been the best I have ever experienced, Joan and Alex did an incredible job. We did hope to achieve the ‘triple crown’ and second place in the standings for Alex, but unfortunately this wasn’t possible today after a difficult race. However, it means we have a really big and exciting target for next year. Thank you to the entire Suzuki family, those in the factory and at the track. Everybody has worked very hard to get us to this point.”

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager:

“We’ve had a great season, but this last race did not go according to plan. It was the same for everybody and it’s always tough to be at a new track, but it made it hard for tyre choice and settings. Despite a difficult day we feel motivated to improve for next year. Thanks to everyone who cheered Suzuki all season, we really appreciate it.”

Davide Brivio - Team Manager:

“It was a disappointing end to the season; unfortunately Joan had some problems with the bike after some contact with other riders. We need to investigate to discover what happened. Alex struggled with the tyre towards the end of the race, despite making a great start. Our two riders had different problems today which prevented them from having another fantastic race, but we are extremely happy to be first and third in the championship and this year has been magical and unforgettable. Thank you to both our riders for always giving their all, and to all the team staff and all those involved in the project.”

Alex Rins:

“Today’s race was a bit difficult and I felt that I made the wrong tyre choice. I struggled from the start of the race with the hard rear tyre, and at the start I was able to close in on the riders in front of me but then lap-by-lap I was losing grip and I began to drop back. But in the end I’m happy with my work this year, and despite the injury and some crashes I still managed to get third in the championship. I’m really motivated to start next season already!”

Joan Mir:

“I couldn’t do a lot of laps today, but the ones that I did do I really enjoyed! I want to apologise to Pecco because he got the worst of the touch we had, so I’m sorry for him. After the contact I started to have some problems with the bike on the electronics side and it was impossible for me to finish the race. For sure we’ll find the problem and work on it for the future. It’s a pity I couldn’t get a good result today, I wanted to end on a high, but of course I’m still so happy to have won the title and to be able to celebrate tonight with the team and with Alex, who got third in the standings.”


GRANDE PRÉMIO MEO DE PORTUGAL:

MotoGP Race Classification:


1. Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 41'48.163
2. Jack MILLER Pramac Racing +3.193
3. Franco MORBIDELLI Petronas Yamaha SRT +3.298
4. Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +12.626
5. Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU +13.318
6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team +15.578
7. Stefan BRADL Repsol Honda Team +15.738
8. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +16.034
9. Alex MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team +18.325
10. Johann ZARCO Esponsorama Racing +18.596
11. Maverick VIÑALES Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +18.685
12. Valentino ROSSI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +18.946
13. Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda CASTROL +19.159
14. Fabio QUARTARARO Petronas Yamaha SRT +24.376
15. Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +27.776
16 .Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati Team +34.266
17. Mika KALLIO Red Bull KTM Tech 3 +48.410
18. Tito RABAT Esponsorama Racing +48.411
Not Classified:
32 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 3 Laps
36 Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 10 Laps
33 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 23 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap:
63 Francesco BAGNAIA Pramac Racing Ducati 0 Lap

Portugal MotoGP Image Gallery: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

Final Championship points (round by round): CLICK HERE




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