The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya played host to a day of incredibly tight times between the entire MotoGP field today.
Alex Rins and Joan Mir began the morning’s FP3 session in high spirits following a positive Day 1 in Barcelona. With every rider keen to secure a place in Q2, the session became fast and furious, with 17 riders covered by one second. And amazingly, at the end of FP3, the Top 10 were all within just 0.402 of a second.
Rins showed his promising pace early on and he topped FP3 with a great 1:39.547 lap. Joan Mir looked strong and placed himself within the Top 10 a couple of times during the session, before being bumped down the order to 14th when the chequered flag came out.
FP4 provided an opportunity for the Suzuki riders to make their final adjustments and try their tyre options for the race.
Mir had a battle on his hands in the competitive Q1 session, but the rookie kept his cool and proved his pace by holding onto an impressive 2nd place and graduating to Q2.
Q2 was bound to be a thrilling session, with hot laps coming in from many riders. Rins put in several very quick lap times and was on a promising flying lap when he went down at Turn 10. Without time to rejoin the session, he got shuffled down to 8th. Mir worked well to secure an 11th place grid spot, just one row behind his team-mate.
“The crash was a shame because I was feeling very strong, and I had just set two ‘red’ (fastest) sector times before I went down, so I was hoping and aiming for the front row. Anyway, I feel great with the bike and I have a good rhythm, so that’s the most important thing. I’ll give my all to have a good home race tomorrow, I’m feeling confident and comfortable.”
“I’m satisfied with today, the team and I worked really hard in FP4 to gain information for the race. I was really pleased to get through to Q2, that was a big positive for me. During qualifying I chose the wrong tyre option so I couldn’t get higher than 11th, but I’m pleased with this position anyway. Let’s see where I can finish tomorrow.”
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