MotoGP

SECOND AND THIRD ROW STARTS FOR IANNONE AND RINS

 
Team Suzuki Press Office - October 20.

Andrea Iannone: 5th - 1:44.832 (+ 0.242)
Alex Rins: 8th - 1:45.225 (+ 0.635)
Sylvain Guintoli: 24th - 1:47.106 (Q1)

• Andrea Iannone with great pace and 5th place spot.
• Alex Rins to start close behind in 8th position.
• Team ready for the Japanese GP with three riders.


Following mixed conditions on Day 1 at Twin Ring Motegi, it was all to play for in Saturday morning’s FP3 session. Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins used their time well and, importantly, were able to secure direct passage to Q2.

In FP4, with a threat of rain in the air, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s riders were keen to get a good run of laps and prepare for qualifying. Iannone held 2nd position for much of the session, finishing 3rd while Rins was 7th.

Sylvain Guintoli, riding as a Wild Card entry for the team, was in Q1 as he continued his important work towards the 2019 season. Meanwhile, Andrea and Alex entered an exciting and close Q2. The Italian, breaking into the 1:44 bracket, was just 0.242 seconds from the pole when the chequered flag came out, he will start 5th on the grid. His young Spanish team-mate will start close by in 8th, rounding off a positive Saturday for the team.

Davide Brivio - Team Manager
“It was a positive day for us, qualifying 5th and 8th, and these are good positions for tomorrow’s race. Both riders seem to have good pace, and Andrea was very close to the top during qualifying. Alex made good progress, ensuring he was in Q2 and then finishing on the third row in 8th. We’ll make some final adjustments tonight to see if we can improve further, but we’re looking forward to the race. Sylvain is continuing his development job and we hope top be able to use at our best the tomorrow race to understand the progress.”

Andrea Iannone
“Today has not been so bad, and I’m happy with my qualifying result. I pushed really hard during the last minutes of the session and I improved a bit, which meant I can start from 5th. For us it’s really good for tomorrow, and we also had strong pace in FP4, so we’re confident. The track conditions could be different tomorrow, and for sure everyone will be close together, but I’ll try my best to stay at the top.”

Alex Rins
“Everything is going in a good way. I rode alone almost all the time and still the lap time was quite fast, so I think this 3rd row tomorrow is really important. I will push from the beginning and I think my race pace is good. I’ll try to stay at the front for as long as possible, and try to fight!”

Sylvain Guintoli
“Today we’ve kept working on the 2019 bike set-up, and we’ve found some new things. It’s good to be here because race weekends are the best way of testing, and we have a lot of new things on the bike, so it really helps with working towards next year and the development. When we’re here at the races we can understand better which direction to take and we can make good choices.”


GP of Japan - Qualifying Classification:
1. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1'44.590
2. Johann ZARCO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’44.658 0.068 / 0.068
3. Jack MILLER Alma Pramac Racing 1’44.727 0.137 / 0.069
4. Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda CASTROL 1’44.820 0.230 / 0.093
5. Andrea IANNONE Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’44.832 0.242 / 0.012
6. Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’44.889 0.299 / 0.057
7. Maverick VIÑALES Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’45.140 0.550 / 0.251
8. Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’45.225 0.635 / 0.085
9. Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’45.265 0.675 / 0.040
10. Alvaro BAUTISTA Angel Nieto Team 1’45.396 0.806 / 0.131
11. Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’45.519 0.929 / 0.123
12. Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU 1’46.168 1.578 / 0.649
13. Bradley SMITH Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’45.722 Q1
14. Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’45.742 Q1
15. Danilo PETRUCCI Alma Pramac Racing 1’45.759 Q1
16. Hafizh SYAHRIN Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’45.765 Q1
17. Franco MORBIDELLI EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’45.969 Q1
18. Karel ABRAHAM Angel Nieto Team 1’46.072 Q1
19. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’46.183 Q1
20. K NAKASUGA Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing 1’46.441 Q1
21. Scott REDDING Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’46.571 Q1
22. Xavier SIMEON Reale Avintia Racing 1’46.573 Q1
23. Thomas LUTHI EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’46.817 Q1
24. Sylvain GUINTOLI Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’47.106 Q1
25. Jordi TORRES Reale Avintia Racing 1’47.147 Q1


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