16 Agosto 2017

MotoGP Austria: Suzuki suffers but improves

MotoGP | Suzuki | Championship | Grand Prix | Red Bull Ring | Austria | GSX-RR | Iannone | Rins | MotoGp 2017

The good performances (especially of Iannone) in the qualifying had made good hope in Suzuki's home that, after the tests of Brno, had introduced new components for the Austrian Grand Prix. The race, however, was full of satisfaction, at least from the point of view of the final standings. Both riders came out of the top ten (Iannone ran under the 11th and 11th Rins flag) but the team did not deny and looks optimally at the Silverstone circuit where last year both GSX-RRs Who had to be chronically driven by other drivers) won the first and seventh place. "In Austria, Andrea started well in the weekend with direct access to the Q2 and even the rhythm with the race tires was not that bad," said Ken Kawauchi Technical Director. We expected a better result from the race. We have made important improvements and we have to continue to work and hope to get better results in the next race at Silverstone where we won last year. About Alex, he was unlucky at the start of the race, but then managed to make a solid run. " Team Manager Davide Brivio also made some statements in the post race: "We knew this would not be an easy track for us and we were prepared for a difficult race, but honestly after the good qualifications we expected a better result. However, with Andrea we have seen an improvement over the previous races. Alex unfortunately had a contact with another driver at the first curve that drew him, but then set a good step. I think for him this race has been very useful as an experience. The final position is what it is, but it was another step - important, I would say - in its growth process. We are now waiting for Silverstone, a good track where last year they were very, very competitive. "Iannone, who said:" This weekend was good, despite the final position being unsatisfactory. We've been working and I have positive feedback from Suzuki, but the solution is attainable but not as straightforward as we want. We have to be patient, but in the last two races we've learned so much. Here in Austria we suffered a lot with the tire drops and maybe we can solve the problem with electronics and with some enhancements to the chassis or the setup. At the same time we have considerably improved braking. " "It was a complicated race," said Rins. "The start was good, but then I was at the center of a group where I lost a few positions. When I started recovering, a pilot hit me and got out of the track I pushed too much and I was not able to preserve the tire but I managed to overcome some drivers and finish the race, under these circumstances it was the main goal on this track we suffered a bit more than we expected but , To sum up, I'm happy with the steps we have taken even if the result is not what we expected at the beginning of the week. "

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