february 26, 2019 - Suzuki Racing

Qatar Test comes to a close with positivity all round

Team Suzuki Press Office - February 25. 

Alex Rins: 3rd - 1:54.593 +0.385 (in Session 2) 
Joan Mir: 12th - 1:54.997 +0.789 (in Session 3) 

#alexrins feeling prepared for #qatar GP. 
#joanmir learns rapidly to set impressive times. 
• Team happy with the winter work done ahead of season opener. 

The third and final day of testing in Doha, #qatar saw the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR duo lock out the top two positions on the time sheets for a time towards the end of the day. 

The pace shown by #alexrins and #joanmir points to the ever building confidence the pair have found in their 2019 #gsxrr package. 

Alex Rins used the last day to try finalise his settings, as well as putting in some quick laps and longer runs. He explained that a useful step has been taken ahead of the new season, and he feels ready to tackle the races and continue his great pace. The Spaniard had a small crash without consequence. 

Meanwhile, #joanmir spent Day 3 working on lap times and overall race pace, the rookie has also used the #qatar #test to further accelerate his adaptation and learning process, and he feels a lot has been achieved since the first tests at the end of last year. 

The team will be back in Losail in just two weeks’ time, where the 2019 #motogp season will begin. 

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“This was the last #test before the first race, and we’ve selected all the parts that we wanted to use. Alex had a crash today which meant we couldn’t follow our schedule exactly, but we feel it hasn’t had a big impact on our performance, because we’ve already done a lot of work. Joan has done very well during these three days and has improved his performance.” 

Davide Brivio - Team Manager 
“Our winter preparation has now ended, and overall the feeling is a positive one. Unfortunately Alex had a crash today which meant we stopped for a while and then returned to the track in the last minutes. Joan has continued to learn and improve and today he did well and bettered his lap time from yesterday, as well as keeping good pace over a long run. We’ve selected our 2019 package and put all the pieces together, from this point of view we feel ready for the race weekend. We can’t wait to be back here and start the season. Thank you very much to all the team and the engineers in Japan, they’ve done a great job and we will try to use the package they have provided in the best possible way.” 

Alex Rins 
“My feeling was incredible and I’m very happy. As you can see from the time sheet, my pace is there, but when pushing for my best lap time I had a small crash. All of the requests I’ve given to Suzuki this winter, they have fulfilled. I feel very positive about the way the bike has been developed - it was a challenge to improve it because the base was already very good. For sure it will be tough when we start the first race, there will be a lot of fast riders and everybody is excited to start.” 

Joan Mir 
“I’m really happy about the pace we have, and also about my feeling with the bike. We’ve made another step forward, which is really important for the race. We feel well prepared for the start of the season, although I couldn’t quite get the lap time I wanted due to a small mistake on my flying lap. But I feel I have potential and I’m close to the pace of the top guys, just a couple of tenths per lap down on them. There’s always more work to do, but overall I feel positive about what we’ve achieved in these days.” 

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