Double podium as Rins wins and Mir takes over Championship lead
Alex Rins: 1st
Joan Mir: 3rd (+ 2.644)
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders headed into Aragon’s 23 lap race with confidence and optimism following two days of promising pace with their GSX-RRs, and they proved to be able to convert this pace into podium positions with a superb victory from Alex Rins and an excellent third place from Joan Mir.
Rins got a very strong start from his 10th place grid spot, sweeping up the outside of several riders to quickly slot into fourth place. By the third lap of the race he was up seven places from grid and into a solid third. From there he got his head down and set the fastest lap of the race, chasing after second place and taking it emphatically on Lap 6.
Just one lap later he was on the tail of the race leader and he kept his cool to take over the head of the race on Lap 9. From there, there was no looking back, he managed his race perfectly and held off a late charge from Alex Marquez to take a fantastic win – a great reward at his home race after a tough start to 2020, and the first for Suzuki this year. He is now 36 points from the top of the championship standings.
Mir kept a clear mind from the start of the race and he was into fifth place by the third lap, where he began to click into the metronomic race pace he’s shown all year. He set his fastest lap on Lap 4 and began carving time out of his rivals. On the eighth lap he put in a stunning move to pass both Petronas Yamahas in one fell swoop to take third. Mir then set about catching the leading duo of Rins and Alex Marquez, but as the laps ticked down and the grip lessened, he decided to take the sensible option and settle for a great podium finish and third place. This crucially puts him into the lead of the championship ahead of next week’s race, also at Aragon.
Today’s excellent performance from Rins and Mir also sees Team Suzuki Ecstar take over the lead of the Teams Championship.
“I’m full of emotion! At the beginning of the season I really struggled a lot, and since then the team and I have worked so hard, and now we’ve won and it feels amazing! I was not sure that I could win from 10th on the grid, but I was able to do it! When I was chasing down the riders in front of me I could feel that I had good pace and the bike was working really well. I felt really relaxed despite having Marquez and Joan close behind, and I managed the pressure. It will be tricky to replicate this again next weekend, but for sure I will try my best! It feels super to be back on the top step!”
“I’m really happy! All the effort that we’re putting in every race weekend has paid off and I’m now leading the championship. In a way it doesn’t mean a lot because there are still four races to go and a lot can still happen, but it’s a nice situation to be in at the moment. I actually expected a little bit more from today’s race because at the beginning my pace was really good and I maintained everything well, but in the last few laps I started to struggle a bit with the front tyre. I had plenty of grip on the rear tyre but in the end it was better to take 3rd than to take a risk. I’m really looking forward to next weekend and hopefully I’ll be able to get an even better result.”