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SUZUKI SETS SIGHTS ON SOLID FINISHES IN AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX


Team Suzuki Press Office – August 20.

Joan Mir: 8th – 1’29.255 (+ 0.483)
Alex Rins: 11th – 1.29.424 (+ 0.652)


Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir and Alex Rins took full advantage of a dry start to Saturday, improving their times and standing themselves in good stead for Top 10 placings. FP3 was the usual tight and tense affair and the squad needed to give their all to stay in contention, Mir was first to lay down a time - the fastest of the weekend - and Rins stayed close by. At the flag, it was Rins seventh and Mir 10th, securing vital passage to Q2.

Both riders demonstrated their notable race pace again in FP4 as they put in the laps ahead of the final qualifying session of the weekend. At the start of Q2 it seemed both Suzuki boys would be pushing for Top 5 grid spots - especially Mir, who was fourth with just minutes to go. At close of play he took a third row slot with eighth, and Rins was 11th , both within six tenths of the pole.

Joan Mir:

“Overall the weekend has been positive for us so far. I was able to do a good first run at the start of Q2, and I was hoping for more laps like that in my second exit, but I ran wide on my best lap. I knew anything more than third row would be tough, we’re all separated by very small gaps, so I’m fairly satisfied with 8th. I’m hoping to enjoy tomorrow’s race…I think it will be a wild one, and I want to be in the mix!”

Alex Rins:

“Today wasn’t so bad, I improved my feeling with the front in the morning’s FP3 and that helped me to get into Q2. Then when it came to qualifying I gave my all for a quick lap, I set a good time, but even at around four tenths of a second off the top you’re in 11th place! I’ll try to recover some positions in the race, and let’s see how we can manage against the Ducatis, who seem to have an advantage.”

Livio Suppo - Team Manager:

“We were expecting a little bit more; unfortunately qualifying didn’t go so well after the big effort to get directly into Q2. However, the race is the most important thing, and I believe they both have decent pace. It will be a very close battle between all the riders tomorrow, and I hope Joan and Alex will play a part in that fight.”

GRAND PRIX OF AUSTRIA QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION

1 Enea BASTIANINI Gresini Racing MotoGP 1'28.772
2 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati Lenovo Team 1'28.796 0.024 0.024
3 Jack MILLER Ducati Lenovo Team 1'28.881 0.109 0.085
4 Jorge MARTIN Prima Pramac Racing 1'28.958 0.186 0.077
5 Fabio QUARTARARO Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1'29.003 0.231 0.045
6 Johann ZARCO Prima Pramac Racing 1'29.046 0.274 0.043
7 Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia Racing 1'29.135 0.363 0.089
8 Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'29.255 0.483 0.120
9 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing 1'29.255 0.483 311.6
10 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Gresini Racing MotoGP 1'29.336 0.564 0.081
11 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'29.424 0.652 0.088
12 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1'29.536 0.764 0.112
13 Luca MARINI Mooney VR46 Racing Team Q1
14 Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU Q1
15 Pol ESPARGARO Repsol Honda Team Q1
16 Franco MORBIDELLI Monster Energy Yamaha Q1
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Q1
18 Stefan BRADL Repsol Honda Team Q1
19 Andrea DOVIZIOSO WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Q1
20 Marco BEZZECCHI Mooney VR46 Racing Team Q1
21 Darryn BINDER WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Q1
22 Remy GARDNER Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Q1
23 Raul FERNANDEZ Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Q1
24 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia Racing Q1
25 Alex MARQUEZ LCR Honda CASTROL Q1

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