10th for Iannone & 11th for Rins at Czech GP

Road Racing

Andrea Iannone: 10th 
Alex Rins: 11th
Sylvain Guintoli: 19th 

Iannone and Rins fighting within Top 10. 
Guintoli battles pain to bring home 19th place. 
Team ready for Mondays Brno test. 

The first race back after the short summer break provided plenty of tension for the 95,000 fans present at Brno; the hot Czech track was surrounded by clouds and storms just moments before the start of the race, Team SUZUKI ECSTARs three riders had to reconsider their tyre choices ahead of the 21 lap race. Andrea Iannone and Sylvain Guintoli stuck to the hard-hard combination, while Alex Rins opted for the medium front and hard rear. 

Iannone and Rins made good starts from their third row grid spots, with the Italian quickly slotting into the lead group with 6th place. Rins was not far behind, and the pairing were solidly in the Top 10 with a view to progressing. But as the tough race wore on they found themselves defending. With just three laps to go they conceded a couple of places and brought their GSX-RRs home in 10th and 11th respectively, collecting decent points after the disappointment of Sachsenring. Sylvain Guintoli, riding with broken ribs, started well in 16th and finished the race in 19th place. 

On Monday the team will take to the track again for an official test. 

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager 
It was a pity as the race was different to our expectations after the good performances of yesterday. Today our performance was also not so bad, the gap was very small, but in a race like this a small gap turns into this result. Despite a lot of help from our Test Rider, Sylvain, we couldnt get the finish that we wanted. Tomorrow we have one day of testing where well try to improve some things for the next race. 

Davide Brivio - Team Manager 
To be honest we expected more from this race because during the practice on Friday and Saturday we had good pace. We thought we could go faster, but during the race we couldnt really keep the pace of the top group. Starting from the third row means its not easy to stay at the front, and then we were not able to recover. Its not what we wanted but well move forward, the next race will not be easy for us but were always trying to improve. Anyway, all three riders finished the race and with Andrea and Alex weve scored some useful points. I would like also to thank Sylvain for tracking in a painful condition. He had a good weekend and it seems he enjoyed also. Tomorrow well do some testing and try to fully understand everything from today, as well as testing some new parts for the rest of the season and also for next year. 

Andrea Iannone 
For sure I expected more from this race, but in any case I tried my best. I pushed from the beginning at 100% and I remained pushing until the end of the race, so its difficult for us. I hope well have a bit more potential in the next races and well remain a bit closer from the second half of the race until the end. This is the most important thing to focus on because were losing out in the second part of the races and struggle on the acceleration points with spinning. We have good potential but not in every area yet, tomorrow well work on some things during the test. 

Alex Rins 
It was a really hard race, and very long. We struggled on corner exit, with a lack of traction. Tomorrow well work hard to try and improve this problem so that next time we can be with the front group. Sincerely, I hoped this race would not be so hard and that I could stay with the group more easily, but it was hard to overtake. The last six laps were very difficult. Well try to find the solutions so that we can bring the bike back on the podium in the next races. 

Sylvain Guintoli 
The race was really difficult. I knew it was going to be tough as Ive ridden with injuries in the past, but this is quite bad and has been getting worse through the weekend. The Clinica Mobile helped me to try and take the edge off the pain. But it was still painful handling the beast for 21 laps! It was a long race, I tried to get myself within 40 seconds of the leader and we werent far off. I wanted to finish the race and Im happy because I got that job done. Grip was tricky during the race with the heat, and hopefully we can work on this tomorrow. 

GP of Czech Republic - Race Classification: 
1. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 41'07.728 
2. Jorge LORENZO Ducati Team +0.178 
3. Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team +0.368 
4. Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +2.902 
5. Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda CASTROL +2.958 
6. Danilo PETRUCCI Alma Pramac Racing +3.768 
7. Johann ZARCO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +6.159 
8. Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team +7.479 
9. Alvaro BAUTISTA Angel Nieto Team +7.575 
10. Andrea IANNONE Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +8.326 
11. Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +8.653
12. Jack MILLER Alma Pramac Racing +16.549 
13. Franco MORBIDELLI EG 0,0 Marc VDS +19.603 
14. Hafizh SYAHRIN Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +21.381 
15. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +23.159 
16. Thomas LUTHI EG 0,0 Marc VDS +27.673 
17. Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU +28.311 
18. Karel ABRAHAM Angel Nieto Team +41.172 
19. Sylvain GUINTOLI Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +42.411 
20. Xavier SIMEON Reale Avintia Racing +50.941 
Not Classified 
53 Tito RABAT Reale Avintia Racing 
45 Scott REDDING Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 
38 Bradley SMITH Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 
Not Finished 1st Lap 
25 Maverick VIALES Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 
6 Stefan BRADL HRC Honda Team 

MotoGP World Standings 2018: 
1. Marc MARQUEZ Honda 181 
2. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 132 
3. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 113 
4. Maverick VIALES Yamaha 109 
5. Jorge LORENZO Ducati 105 
6. Johann ZARCO Yamaha 97 
7. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 94 
8. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 90 
9. Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 81 
10. Jack MILLER Ducati 61 
11. Alex RINS Suzuki 58 
12. Dani PEDROSA Honda 57 
13. Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 51 
15. Tito RABAT Ducati 30 
16. Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 24 
17. Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 22 
18. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 17 
19. Bradley SMITH KTM 13 
20. Scott REDDING Aprilia 12 
21. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 10 
22. Mika KALLIO KTM 6 
23. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 4 
24. Thomas LUTHI Honda 
25. Stefan BRADL Honda 
26. Xavier SIMEON Ducati 
27. Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki