Suzuki brought something new to Mugello that was first described as “secret,” before Lex Rins quickly sold the wick. Not holding his tongue for very long, the Spanish pilot revealed that this is a new electronic configuration. With this evolution, the reigning world champion constructor seeks to improve his acceleration and gain top speed, an area in which Ducati and now KTM currently have control.
Since the start of the weekend, this new electronic configuration has had a noticeable effect on the GSX-RRs, in particular by reducing the wheelies and by keeping the front wheel on the ground at the exit of the last corner, for then give them a slightly better top speed on the long straight of the circuit. AT?? Personally, Rins has reached 352.9 km / h at this point, while his record was 352.0 km / h, set here in the previous edition of the Italian Grand Prix, in 2019. Joan Mir, for his part, pushed the limit to 354.0 km / h, Suzuki’s new record, which improved by 0.6 km / h the previous one. A gain still minimal, therefore, but on which the pilots are counting for the race.
“We have improved the electronics a bit and it works well. If we combine it with the best package we have compared to the two previous years, we are a bit better, we have a better package in general, “said lex Rins, who said he was” quite optimistic “before the start of testing. “We know that, on this track in particular, it won’t be easy with the devices of the Ducati, Honda and Yamaha, but we are going to give 100%. We have prepared something for this weekend.”
The Catalan rider feels a general gain thanks to the general progress made by Suzuki over the past two years: “We were quite quick here in 2019 but we still lost a little in aerodynamics and on the engine side Now, in a straight line for example, we have a better aerodynamic package and I think we are a little more competitive than two years ago . Something is still missing but we are working well. “
Joan Mir also felt that this novelty is working well, with a deficit in terms of top speed which he finds rather reassuring. “I have to say it’s not a very big development, but honestly I’m not the last in top speed so that’s something good. ‘we have a great lack of power compared to other bikes, especially this year, and now I’m not the last so I’m pretty happy, “he summed up Friday night.
Despite their optimism, Suzuki riders know that their gain is still modest and that the deficit still marked with the most vicious machines in a straight line will continue to complicate their lives if they take the advantage. When the lights go out. After the first two days, the absolute best top speed is indeed 8.4 km / h higher than theirs (362.4 km / h for Brad Binder’s KTM), against a Ã © 3.3 km / h deviation two years ago.
Above all, Rins and Mir will once again have to settle for a start from the third row, with the Catalan’s eighth time in qualifying and the Mallorcan’s ninth. In six attempts this year, it was only Rins’ second place on the starting grid for Portugal that was the exception to those distant starts. This time, the long acceleration offered before the first corner could turn into a nightmare for them.
“We played bad luck,” said Rins to the official MotoGP website. “We had a little electrical problem with the bike and I couldn’t complete my last lap. My bike came to a stop in the first corner and that excluded me from the fight. for the first or second row It’s tough because I had a good chance this time around, I felt strong on the bike including on the running lap But hey, the third line that is not so bad, we have the experience of starting from the third line! “
“The race will be tough, because there are the Ducatis in front, and the KTMs which are also very strong. We will see if Quartararo or I can break the group, and then maybe it will be a race more relaxed. Otherwise we will suffer in a straight line, and even if we regain the bends it will be hard “, he urges, well decided to believe in spite of everything in his chances. “I see Fabio and Pecco [Bagnaia] very strong, but to be honest I think I am ready to fight with them. It is true that we will suffer a lot in the straight line, but it will all depend on the way we’re going to go back up. “
If he dreams of a rival to the two favorites, Rins will also have to count on his teammate. Because Mir is also aiming for the podium. “I know I don’t have the package to fight for pole position, but I have the package to fight for the podium,” warns this one. “I’m pretty optimistic. I was able to run on worn tires [in FP4]; there aren’t a lot of riders who are able to run in those times but there are, so it won’t be. not easy at all because here the Ducatis are really powerful in a straight line, and the KTMs have also shown great potential, including in a straight line, so it will be difficult for Suzuki and Yamaha riders to try to get out of the way. Split and have a good race, but we could see that we can make up a lot of time here in a straight line if we are behind someone. “
“I’ll be happy with a podium and nothing else,” added Joan Mir, who gave Suzuki their only top 3 of the season at this point. “It will be difficult because there are a lot of fast drivers, but I’ll try to play my cards and we’ll see. I’ll try to give myself 100%, give everything we have, that’s the goal . Towards the end of the race, I will be able to come back a bit. At the start, it will be difficult, because we lack power compared to the KTMs and Ducatis, which are in front. But I will try to stay focused and to come home satisfied, that is, after fighting for the podium. “
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