Unique American atmosphere at the MotoGP Circuit of the Americas • Total Motorcycle


Suzuki Team Press Office – October 4.


Alex Rins: 4th
Joan Mir: 8th

The Suzuki Ecstar team were delighted to once again experience the unique atmosphere offered by the United States before the lights went out for the 15th round of the World Championship; the “GP of the Americas”. The high temperatures, the excited crowd and a powerful rendition of the national anthem all added to the buzz around COTA on the outskirts of Austin.

Alex Rins and Joan Mir managed to start the rocket with their GSX-RRs and climbed impressively into fourth and sixth in the opening corners. Both choosing the combination of hard and soft tires, the duo hoped to move into the field at the start of the 20-lap race. It wasn’t long before Rins was in contention for the podium as he passed third before the end of the first lap.

The lead peloton was a decent size with the first half-dozen riders all close together for the first seven or eight laps. But as the race progressed, gaps started to appear, and the Suzuki duo found themselves slipping a bit. On lap 10, Rins was sixth and Mir seventh, but the dynamics of the race were constantly changing and both drivers were keen to stay in the game.

Despite establishing a steady pace, Rins and Mir were always ready to fight for the best possible positions. Rins passed Jack Miller to take fifth place and with four laps to go he found himself in a comfortable space. Meanwhile, Mir was closing in on sixth place, but a big battle with Miller and Enea Bastianini saw him finish seventh; he was then demoted for a moment to eighth place in the last lap deemed irresponsible. Rins regained a position on the last lap after Jorge Martin suffered a long lap penalty; that meant he was able to bring home a nice fourth.

Alex Rins:

“Today was a very difficult race for me, I wrestled a lot, it was so hot and physically difficult for everyone. Coming out of the slow corners I was wasting time – I don’t know if that is. was the rear grip, or something in the settings, but I struggled to accelerate out of the corners. But in the smoother and faster corners I felt good and was able to maintain speed and fight better. We chose the soft rear, like everyone else, as this seemed like the best option to enter the fight with the same weapons. In the end, it’s hard to say if another choice could have worked better , but I’m glad I was able to finish fourth – it’s not that bad and I was able to bring home some nice points.

Joan Mir:

“Throughout the race I tried to gain positions and overtake but due to acceleration and traction issues I couldn’t really do it easily and had to push very strong. I’m sorry for the contact with Jack (Miller) at the end of the race, I understand why he was angry, but it’s too bad I got a penalty as it wasn’t a deliberate hit, of course . I hope that in the future we can be more competitive, because I don’t want to be in this kind of fight with another driver, I want everything to be clean and to be able to pass more easily and fight with the group of head. Anyway, today I’m eighth and that’s how it is. I am ready to focus on Misano.

Shinichi Sahara – Project Manager and Team Director:

“Alex and Joan both gave 100% in today’s race. To be honest we expected more in terms of results but I know they both handled the best they could in this tough race where the feel with the bike and the tires weren’t perfect. . They kept fighting and it was a case of “damage limitation” – just scoring as many points as possible. Overall the feeling on the bike was not bad for both riders, but this race was extremely demanding. We are looking forward to the next races.

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:

“It was good that both riders could finish, and not in bad positions, but we wanted more. We couldn’t fight for the podium here today which is a shame, especially considering our past performances at COTA. Our competitors were very strong and our riders went out of their way to bring home some decent finishes, but it is clear that we have to keep working. We will keep our heads down and push for the remaining laps. “


1. M. MARQUEZ – Repsol Honda Team – 41: 41.435
2. F. QUARTARARO – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +04.679
3. F. BAGNAIA – Ducati Lenovo Team +08.547
4. A. RINS – SUZUKI ECSTAR Team +11.098
5. J. MARTIN – Pramac Racing +11.752
6. E. BASTIANINI – Avintia Esponsorama +13.269
7. J. MILLER – Ducati Lenovo Team +14.722
8. J. MIR – SUZUKI ECSTAR Team +13.406
9. B. BINDER – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +15.832
10. P. ESPARGARO – Repsol Honda Team +20.265
11. M. OLIVEIRA – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +23.055
12. A. MARQUEZ – LCR Honda CASTROL +24.743
13. A. DOVIZIOSO – Petronas Yamaha SRT +25.307
14. L. MARINI – CIEL VR46 Avintia +26.853
15. V. ROSSI – Petronas Yamaha SRT +28.055
16. I. LECUONA – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +30.989
17. T. NAKAGAMI – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +35,251
18. D. PETRUCCI – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +42.239
19. F. MORBIDELLI – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +49.854
A. ESPARGARO – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 16: 52.472 – 9 laps
J. ZARCO – Pramac Racing – 11: 18.801 – 5 laps


1 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 254
2 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 202
3 Joan MIR Suzuki 175
4 MILLER Ducati 149 jack
5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 141
6 Brad BINDER KTM 131
7 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 117
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 104
9 Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia 98
10 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 92
11 Jorge MARTIN Ducati 82
12 Alex RINS Suzuki 81
13 Enea BASTIANINI Ducati 71
14 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 70
15 Pol ESPARGARO Honda 70
16 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 54
17 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 40
18 Iker LECUONA KTM 38
19 Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 37
20 Luca MARINI Ducati 30
21 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 29
22 Stefan BRADL Honda 13
23 Michele PIRRO Ducati 8
25 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 4
26 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha 3
27 Tito RABAT Ducati 1
28 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha
29 Garrett GERLOFF Yamaha
30 Jake DIXON Yamaha

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