april 13, 2019 - Suzuki Racing

MotoGP Suzuki - Rins looking keen at Cota on day 1, Mir gaining ground

Press release available only in original language. 

  • Alex Rins makes important progress on Friday. 
  • Joan Mir finding his feet and not far off the pace. 
  • Team working hard for tomorrow’s qualifying.

Day 1 at the Circuit of the Americas saw Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s riders working hard to build on their pace ahead of what could be a challenging weekend in terms of conditions. 

Alex Rins has a good affinity with the Texan track and the Spaniard saw a big improvement between the FP1 and FP2 sessions. 15th place and 1.5 seconds off in the morning, Alex closed the first day 6th overall following a strong FP2 which saw him just 0.496 seconds off. He was also the fastest rider through the first sector. 

Meanwhile, #joanmir also made a big step in the afternoon, rising from 15th to 12th and improving his time impressively. The rookie is still learning this unique track with his GSX-RR, but he reported positive feelings. 

The afternoon’s FP2 session saw hot competition with the top 12 riders covered by less than one second. With doubts about conditions in tomorrow’s FP3, Rins' 6th place could well be crucial for securing passage to Q2. 

Davide Brivio - Team Manager 

“It has been a positive day. These two sessions were very important as it might rain tomorrow, so we wanted to get a lot done today. Alex did well and stayed in the Top 10, Joan learned a lot today and came very close to the Top 10. So for both our riders it’s been a good Friday, let’s see what we can do in qualifying tomorrow.” 

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