Suzuki’s Mir admits underwhelming Qatar MotoGP race “obscure” - Motor Informed

Suzuki’s Mir admits underwhelming Qatar MotoGP race “obscure”

Suzuki has made huge strides with its 2022 MotoGP bike over the winter and confirmed robust race tempo throughout apply in Qatar, in addition to topping the official velocity charts with its extra highly effective engine. 

Regardless of qualifying down in eighth, Mir was anticipated to rise to the entrance of the sphere and battle for victory in last Sunday’s 22-lap season-opener. 

However he encountered rear grip issues early on and struggled to “make the bike go ahead”, which meant he may do not more than sixth on the chequered flag. 

“[It] was a extremely bodily race, as a result of the tempo was actually excessive,” Mir stated. “I used to be struggling on the final 15 laps of the race and it was troublesome. Actually, I’m a bit upset as a result of I didn’t anticipate what occurred within the race. 

“I made an excellent begin, I used to be there, my feeling was actually good. However then I began to have bother – I feel lots of people did – with the entrance tyre, that was shifting. 

“I feel it’s one thing regular as a result of it’s a delicate tyre and on this monitor in case you are driving in 1m54s the entrance will transfer. If you’re in entrance you’ve got much less bother than in case you are behind. So this I feel is extra regular. 

“What occurred with the rear grip, that is one thing that we should work a bit bit on as a result of the rear dropped loads and I used to be having numerous bother making the bike go ahead.”

He later added: “Usually we’re good in that space [tyre management] and it’s an space that I all the time attempt to care loads [about]. 

“So let’s attempt to perceive why, and to grasp what we are able to do to be higher on the final laps as a result of it’s obscure.”

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Joan Mir, Staff Suzuki MotoGP

Picture by: MotoGP

Mir doesn’t consider the brand new engine contributed to his rear tyre points and thinks it’s merely all the way down to set-up, noting: “For positive now we have to work on the electronics aspect a bit bit extra, in all probability it was not good.

“However I feel it was extra set-up, geometry, making an attempt to grasp a bit extra. The final a part of final 12 months, I struggled within the final a part of the race.”

Staff-mate Alex Rins finished around four seconds adrift in seventh having suffered with entrance tyre points, which he thinks may have been all the way down to the delicate possibility being too pliable for the Suzuki. 

“It was a bit unusual as a result of within the first a part of the race I used to be struggling a bit bit to overhaul sooner riders,” Rins stated. “However then once I was alone after overtaking [Jorge] Martin, I used to be making an attempt to go to Joan, who was the rider that was in entrance. 

“I used to be pushing, I used to be pushing, however I had numerous issues with the entrance. 

“One thing that by no means occurred earlier than, braking was good however shifting to the nook, I don’t know if the tyre was too delicate for us, however I used to be having these type of issues.”

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Regardless of Suzuki’s underwhelming Sunday not delivering on its pre-race promise, Mir is satisfied the Japanese marque will bounce again. 

“There’s numerous producers in entrance of us, it’s true,” he added. “However it’s solely the primary race, truthfully. I feel the individuals who struggled right here is not going to wrestle sooner or later. 

“All the pieces will I hope get again to regular. I feel as a crew now we have extra to say than solely to combat for that high 5. 

“I’m not nervous. I do know that every part will come higher.”



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