FOCUS TURNS TOWARDS RACE SET-UP ON TEST DAY 4 FOR SUZUKI
Action continued under the lights on Thursday in Qatar for the MotoGP teams and riders, as the fourth day of pre-season testing got underway. Team Suzuki Ecstar tested quite a few items, but their attention also turned to preparing the race set-up for the bikes ahead of the first race of the season.
Joan Mir worked on chassis settings and putting down reference laps in order to make comparisons between parts and options. He covered most areas of the bike on Thursday and was therefore ready to work towards his race set-up. The feedback from Mir was encouraging, and despite not being able to put in a fast lap, his pace is nevertheless strong. He did 37 laps, with a finishing position of 6th.
Team Suzuki Press Office – March 11.
Joan Mir: 6th – 1’53.827 (+ 0.583)
Alex Rins: 7th – 1’53.860 (+ 0.616)
Sylvain Guintoli: 25th – 1’56.006 (+ 2.762)
Alex Rins used some of the day’s track session to continue his work with the fairing variations available to him, before also working on suspension and geometry. He then did some back-to-back comparisons. Rins found positive feelings and improved his lap time. He completed 44 laps and closed the session in 7th place.
Sylvain Guintoli continued his usual important work of collecting data and information, concentrating today on suspension, and the strategy for race starts.