SOLID START TO THE SEASON FOR SUZUKI WITH 4TH AND 6TH
Team Suzuki Press Office – March 28.
BARWA GRAND PRIX OF QATAR RACE RESULTS:
Joan Mir: 4th (+ 1.222)
Alex Rins: 6th (+ 3.357)
The first race of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship season got underway with an electric atmosphere and a special light show for the riders, teams, and socially-distanced spectators.
Conditions were cooler and windier than those experienced so far, and the soft-soft tyre combination was the choice for the entire field.
From their ninth and 10th grid positions, Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders got decent starts, and they managed the first laps well. By the third lap they were already working their way through the pack.
By the ninth lap of the race, Alex Rins had worked his way up to the leading group of riders, and shortly after he had moved into a Top-5 position. Meanwhile, Joan Mir was getting into a strong rhythm behind his team-mate. With six laps to go, the Suzuki pair were both in podium contention thanks to their hard work, consistency, and determination.
Rins began to experience some tyre wear after pushing in the early laps but he managed to hold onto a very solid sixth place. Mir was able to move into third on lap 20, before swiftly heading into a great second on the last lap. He took a wide sweeping line onto the final straight to try and avoid the full force of the slipstream from the competitors behind him but slipped to fourth on the line.