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ANDREA IANNONE SECURES HIS FIRST SUZUKI PODIUM Team Suzuki Press Office - April 23. Andrea Iannone: 3rd (+ 6.704) Alex Rins: DNF • Andrea Iannone takes excellent 3rd position. • Alex Rins unfortunate crash while recovering strong. • Back-to-back podiums important for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR. After mixed weather on Friday and Saturday, Austin and the Circuit of the Americas was bathed in welcome sunshine for race day. Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins were able to use the morning warm-up session to fine-tune bike settings and redefine their race setup, both riders found confidence and positivity ahead of the 20 lap race. They each opted to run the medium-front and hard-rear tyre combination. As the lights went out, Andrea Iannone was able to get an excellent start from his front row grid position and he led into the first turn. He lost the position to Marc Marquez on the first lap but continued to stay in contention, fighting hard and keeping a high pace. This consistency paid off as he briefly regained the lead on the third lap. The Italian then held 2nd place for a further two laps before Maverick Viñales made a move. From 3rd place Andrea maintained and managed the gap and held firm - his perseverance and the hard work of all the team was richly rewarded with his first Suzuki podium. With this brilliant finish Andrea Iannone was able to gain 4 positions in the championship standings, and he is now just 15 points from the lead as MotoGP heads back to Europe. It was a different story for Argentina podium sitter, Alex Rins. After a good start the Spaniard slotted into 9th place and kept the lead group in his sights, but he dropped to 12th position after running wide at turn 12 with 19 laps to go. Rins then began to gain ground on the group in front of him, which ran from 5th to 7th place, but unfortunately he lost the front and crashed. Rins was unable to rejoin the race, and he suffered a costly DNF. However, Alex was thankfully uninjured. Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager “It was a good race again. This weekend was a bit of a pity for Alex, but Andrea was very fast and consistent during all the sessions, and finally he could get the podium. I’m very happy as both riders have now had a podium, and this is very good for Suzuki and all the team. So we hope to continue to challenge and fight for podiums with both riders as we move into the European rounds.” Davide Brivio - Team Manager “It’s a really good feeling to be back on the podium once again. I’m very pleased because we were able to get the podium with Andrea, who has struggled during the first two races. But this weekend he had a good feeling from Friday onwards, and when he’s able to find this good feeling, he is very fast. I hope this race will be the beginning of trend where he feels able to use his potential and the potential of the bike. To have two podiums in a row, one with each rider, is important and nice for us. Unfortunately Alex had a difficult weekend and a small crash, but we look forward to the next race and the return to Europe. We hope to continue this momentum and competitiveness. We’re happy and we aim to enjoy more races like this.” Andrea Iannone “I’m really happy about this podium, finally we have arrived here. We’ve come back after a really difficult period for me and Suzuki, but now things are better. This year we started well, but I struggled a lot during qualifying, especially in Argentina - when you start from further back it’s really hard to recover, over-take, and use your pace. But during this weekend I’ve found a good feeling with the bike, and we have found a good balance with the braking. I had been struggling with the front-end under braking but now we understand the way to go and I’m really happy about this. We’re still working to improve some areas but I’m really happy about my work and Suzuki’s work because we have always believed in our potential, and step-by-step we are getting closer, this is important. I have learned a lot and we’ll try to stay on top.” Alex Rins “We have missed our target and I did struggle during this weekend. During the race I tried to keep my mind clear and focused and tried to enjoy, things were going well until the crash. I made some small mistakes but I still felt that we improved a lot during the weekend as a whole - we’ve learned a lot of information in terms of the bike. As you can see, Andrea made a good race and this shows that the bike is working well. So the aim is to ‘reset’ and go to Jerez in two weeks’ and try to do well. From the beginning of the season I felt the bike had good potential and I’m sure we can do more good things this year. Despite missing the race in Jerez last year due to my injury, I feel that I have a lot more experience in general and I’ll try to be fast.” GP of the Americas - Race Classification: 1. Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 41'52.002 2. Maverick VIÑALES Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +3.560 3. Andrea IANNONE Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +6.704 4. Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +9.587 5. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team +13.570 6. Johann ZARCO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +14.231 7. Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team +18.201 8. Tito RABAT Reale Avintia Racing +28.537 9. Jack MILLER Alma Pramac Racing +28.671 10. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +28.875 11. Jorge LORENZO Ducati Team +31.355 12. Danilo PETRUCCI Alma Pramac Racing +34.993 13. Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +37.264 14. Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU +39.335 15. Alvaro BAUTISTA Angel Nieto Team +40.887 16. Bradley SMITH Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +48.475 17. Scott REDDING Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +49.995 18. Thomas LUTHI EG 0,0 Marc VDS +51.115 19. Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda CASTROL +59.055 20. Xavier SIMEON Reale Avintia Racing +59.747 21. Franco MORBIDELLI EG 0,0 Marc VDS +1'00.513 Not Classified 42 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Monster Yamaha Tech 3 17 Karel ABRAHAM Angel Nieto Team MotoGP World Standings 2018: 1. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 46 2. Marc MARQUEZ Honda 45 3. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 41 4. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 38 5. Johann ZARCO Yamaha 38 6. Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 31 7. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 29 8. Jack MILLER Ducati 26 9. Tito RABAT Ducati 22 10. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 21 11. Dani PEDROSA Honda 18 12. Alex RINS Suzuki 16 13. Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 9 14. Pol ESPARGARO KTM 8 15. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 6 16. Jorge LORENZO Ducati 6 17.Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 6 18. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 5 19. Scott REDDING Aprilia 4 20. Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 4 21. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1 20. Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1 21. Thomas LUTHI Honda 22. Bradley SMITH KTM 24. Xavier SIMEON Ducati
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SUZUKI GSX-R1000 LEADS BSB AND SUPERSTOCK CHAMPIONSHIPS Team Suzuki Press Office – April 15. Bradley Ray – BSB – 2-7 Billy McConnell – SST – 3-1 Richard Cooper – BSB – DNF-DNF • Pole position, podium, and lap record for Bradley Ray. • Pole, podium, and race win for Billy McConnell. • Corner turned for Richard Cooper despite two crashes. • Lead in both Superbike and Superstock 1000 Championships. The Buildbase Suzuki team heads both the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and National Superstock 1000 points tables after more podium success at Brands Hatch for round two of the season today. Bradley Ray took second in the opening race after qualifying on Pole aboard his GSX-R1000, while Billy McConnell took a win and a third place in the Superstock 1000 races. And despite crashing in both of his races, Richard Cooper also led his first Superbike race of the season. After dominating the opening round with a double win, Ray headed to his home circuit with the championship lead, and after working meticulously with the team through practice, qualified with Pole Position for the weekend’s opening race. From there he made a strong start and led for 28 laps of the 30-lap race. He looked set to maintain his 100% record but made a small mistake into Paddock Hill bend on the penultimate lap, locking the front wheel of his GSX-R1000 under braking. He ran wide, relinquishing the lead and took the chequered flag in second place. Again, starting from Pole in race two – after setting the fastest lap of the race and a new lap record in race one – Ray was leading when the race was stopped as the rain arrived. In the restart he took the time to find his feet in the wet conditions. With one eye very much on the championship standings and struggling for rear grip, he kept it safe, crossing the line in seventh place. He now heads the points table with a 10-point advantage. Bradley Ray: “To come away leading the championship is a big thing. We came into this weekend off the back of a really strong round one and the spotlight was on a little bit, but we know we can’t win everything. We had really good pace this weekend, and the pace was there to win race one; I just made a mistake and let Shakey [Byrne] past, and once he came by he had a few bike lengths. I didn’t try to chase, we just took second.
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TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR READY TO TANGO AT TERMAS Team Suzuki Press Office – April 4. The GP of the Republic of Argentina will mark the first long travel for the MotoGP riders this season, with more than 14 hours of journey time to get from Europe to the western region of Santiago del Estero. This long trip will require Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins to adapt quickly to the new timezone, and recover and conserve their energy. The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit is a relatively new track which brings together some of the characteristics from the best historical European venues, yet it has its own character which the riders really appreciate. This year some sections have been resurfaced, which will mean an initial question mark in terms of tyre performance and longevity. Team SUZUKI ECSTAR head to Argentina with positive feelings after the GP of Qatar, where there were many positive indications in regard to performance. Iannone and Rins’ achievements have been positive, setting the team on a good path for future development. Last year’s race was a hectic one for the team: Iannone took 13th place in a rainy qualifying session, and he was feeling confident for the race, but a very small mistake on the grid – a jump start – took away his dreams of glory as he had to complete a ride through penalty. Starting only his second ever MotoGP race was tough for the Spaniard Alex Rins, who was struggling with an injury to his foot. However, he fought fiercely in the race, but was forced to stop before the chequered flag as the pain became unbearable. Davide Brivio “Argentina represents good memories for us, especially if I go back to 2015 and 2016, but we had some tougher times here last year. Alex arrived with an injured foot which made riding pretty tough for him, while Andrea had a ride through which complicated his race and also we started there to suspect some issues with the machine which we had to start facing. This year I believe we can approach this second race with more confidence, in Qatar we had positive outcomes from both riders and the GSX-RR is showing to be more competitive. It will be interesting to check further where we stand with the performance, our competitiveness and potential will become clearer and clearer with each race. I believe for Alex it will be important to be consistent with the performance he did in Qatar; staying close to the top riders both in practice and the race. Also with Andrea we can be competitive, he took positive experience from Qatar and we can improve his performance. It will be an interesting race, we are still at the beginning but it could be a good opportunity to assess our performance for the rest of the season.” Andrea Iannone “I head to Argentina with positive feelings, as I remember that last year we could perform quite well here. The circuit is one I like and the GSX-RR is well suited to the layout. Last year my feelings were good, unfortunately we had to do a ride through penalty in the race which took me out of contention for the top positions, but the performance and the pace were very competitive. I’m expecting good team work to help me improve session by session, together we’ll work on all the small things that once they are put together they can make a good performance overall. The first races are always important to give the right direction to the rest of the season, I want to try to seize this GP at 100%.” Alex Rins “I’m positive about going to Termas de Rio Hondo because the circuit is something special and I like it. I remember that last year I came to Argentina with an injury on my foot, and despite this I have good memories of the track - so that means it’s really nice! Another good thing about this place is the people: the fans are really close to us and the whole location turns into a big party when welcoming the MotoGP people.” Circuit Info: The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit is located 6km from the city of Rio Hondo, in the Province of Santiago del Estero. It was built on a 150 hectare plot and was officially inaugurated on May 11th 2008, during the visit of Argentina’s Touring Car Racing Championship. In 2012 the reconditioning, enlargement and modernisation of the circuit began, with the purpose of turning it into Latin America’s most modern, safe and vibrant circuit. It is 4,8km in length (2.99 miles) and has five left-hand corners and nine right-hand turns. The longest straight measures 1076 m (3530.18 ft) and the race will be run over 25 laps; a total distance of 120.2 km (74.8 miles). 2017 stats ANDREA IANNONE Qualifying: 12th - 1'50.725 (+3.213) Race: 16th - +46.219 ALEX RINS Qualifying: 23rd - 1'52.340 (Q1) Race: DNF
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