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2021 MotoGP Season Concludes for Team Suzuki ECSTAR

Road Racing

Joan Mir: 4th
Alex Rins: DNF

An unfamiliar atmosphere closed around the Ricardo Tormo in Valencia for the final MotoGP™ in 2021, as the paddock not only celebrated the end of a season but also the end of an era with the retirement of Valentino Rossi.

Both Team Suzuki Ecstar riders got off to a strong starts, especially Joan Mir who slotted straight into third place. Alex Rins dropped a couple of places to seventh before quickly fighting back to fifth. The pair then both proceeded to pass Jack Miller, putting their GSX-RRs in second and fourth by the start of Lap 3, and setting fastest laps in the process. Until Lap 11 both Mir and Rins continued to do battle with the Ducatis of Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia, but at Turn 6 Rins was a little off-line and he low-sided out of the race.

With Suzuki’s hopes now resting on Mir’s shoulders, the Mallorcan was doing his best to keep the red bikes in sight, and for a few laps he closed the deficit. But as the race wore on, he had to instead focus on settling in position – he had a large gap behind him and despite wanting to fight for the podium he closed the race in a decent and sensible fourth place. As confirmed at the Algarve GP, Mir is third in the final Championship Standings. Suzuki also take third in the Constructors’ Championship and the Teams’ Championship.

Joan Mir:

“Well, I don’t know where to start; I’m really disappointed because I didn’t expect this feeling during the race; I thought today could be our day because I had strong pace all throughout the weekend, but when it came to the race it was different and I struggled with the front. In the end the most I could do was fourth. It’s not the way I wanted the race to go, I want to be fighting for the podium every time, and especially here. I’m third in the championship, which is something after a tricky season for us. Let’s look towards Jerez…”

Alex Rins:

“It has been an unlucky race for us here in Valencia, for sure it’s a big shame to end the season like this. Because I had the pace and I was running well, but I made a mistake. I was very slightly off-line and that’s what caused the crash, when that moment happened I knew I might crash - in the end it can be like that, but I’m disappointed. We’ll look at the data and then I’ll start to focus on the test, we’ll go to Jerez next week to try next year’s bike and our goal is to fight again in 2022.”

Shinichi Sahara - Project Leader and Team Director:

“Today we were close to the podium, but not quite there. I feel like this is a starting point to improve for 2022. Alex had good speed until the crash, and despite how it ended it’s a good sign – it gives us hope because the pace was strong. Joan also managed the weekend very well from the first practice onwards, but his feeling in the race wasn’t quite right. He was able to get fourth, which is OK and not a bad way to end the year. Now we’re fully focused on next season, starting with the test next week.”

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager:

“Friday and Saturday went really well and our riders did a good job. We had high expectations for the race, and although we were fighting for the podium we couldn’t get it in the end. Alex had a crash and that ruled him out, and Joan started the race well but then his pace dropped off in the second half. We will work hard to improve the bike for next year. I want to say thank you to Valentino Rossi, who has changed our motorcycle world. And also thank you to our riders, the Team and the engineers for their work this season, as well as all the Suzuki fans for their support.”

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA - Race Classification:

1. F. BAGNAIA - Ducati Lenovo Team - 41:15.481
2. J. MARTIN - Pramac Racing - +00.489
3. J. MILLER - Ducati Lenovo Team - +00.823
4. J. MIR - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - +05.214
5. F. QUARTARARO - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP - +05.439
6. J. ZARCO - Pramac Racing - +06.993
7. B. BINDER - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - +08.437
8. E. BASTIANINI - Avintia Esponsorama - +10.933
9. A. ESPARGARO - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - +12.651
10. V. ROSSI - Petronas Yamaha SRT - +13.468
11. F. MORBIDELLI - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP - +14.085
12. A. DOVIZIOSO - Petronas Yamaha SRT - +16.534
13. A. MARQUEZ - LCR Honda CASTROL - +17.059
14. M. OLIVEIRA - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - +18.221
15. I. LECUONA - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing - +19.233
16. M. VIÑALES - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - +19.815
17. L. MARINI - SKY VR46 Avintia - +28.860
18. D. PETRUCCI - Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing - +32.169

Not Classified:

A. RINS - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 15:21.244 - 11 laps
T. NAKAGAMI - LCR Honda IDEMITSU - 06:14.845 - 5 laps

MotoGP World Standings:

1 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 267
2 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 227
3 Joan MIR Suzuki 195
4 Jack MILLER Ducati 165
5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 163
6 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 142
7 Brad BINDER KTM 142
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 113
9 Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia 106
10 Pol ESPARGARO Honda 100
11 Alex RINS Suzuki 99
12 Enea BASTIANINI Ducati 94
13 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 92
14 Jorge MARTIN Ducati 91
15 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 76
16 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 67
17 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 42
18 Luca MARINI Ducati 41
19 Iker LECUONA KTM 38
20 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 38
21 Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 37
22 Stefan BRADL Honda 14
23 Michele PIRRO Ducati 12
24 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha 8
25 Dani PEDROSA KTM 6
26 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 4
27 Tito RABAT Ducati 1
28 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha
29 Garrett GERLOFF Yamaha
30 Jake DIXON Yamaha