Team Suzuki Press Office – April 10.

Alex Rins: 2nd (+ 2.058)
Joan Mir: 4th (+ 3.975)

Team Suzuki Ecstar and Suzuki Motor Corporation are celebrating in style today after Alex Rins clinched the factory’s 500th podium across classes with his second place at the Circuit of the Americas. This impressive milestone comes on the same day that the MotoGP™ series celebrates its 500th Grand Prix in the ‘Racing Together’ era (the partnership between the FIM, Dorna, the MSMA, and IRTA). Joan Mir put in another solid race; riding his way from eighth on the grid to fourth at the chequered flag.

After a clean start, at the end of the first lap, Mir and Rins were on the back of the leading riders, in seventh and eighth. The pair proceeded to set their sights high while keeping their cool as the race shook out. By Lap 6 Rins had made his way into the Top 5, simultaneously setting the fastest lap of the race.

With five laps left in the 20 lap race, Rins was in a comfortable third position with air either side of him. Meanwhile, Mir, who had impressively pushed through to fourth, was easing away from those behind and setting himself up for another respectable and consistent finish just off the podium – the same position he now holds in the Riders’ World Championship.

On the penultimate lap at the Circuit of the Americas, Rins had gained considerably on Jack Miller and a great battle between the pair ensued. Rins made the pass at Turn 11 but lost the position, and in one final determined and brave move at Turn 19 he snatched an excellent second place, which also gives him second place in the World Standings.

Rins and Mir will now head to Portugal in two weeks’ time holding second and fourth in the Riders’ Championship, first in the Teams’ Championship, and third in the Constructors’ Championship.

Alex Rins:

“I’m so happy! I didn’t actually expect to get the podium, because in the first few laps I was struggling a bit and in risk to lose ground. I had to try and push the tyres more, to brake later, to make good overtakes. When I got into third I had a couple of moments on the front, some mistakes, and I knew that finishing the race was the most important thing. Then, with just two laps to go, I felt better and my pace was good, it meant I was able to overtake Jack and get second. This result is great, and I want to dedicate this podium to Suzuki for their amazing achievements, but also to the people of Ukraine, and those around the world who are suffering.”

Joan Mir:

“I’m super happy because this is my best result in Austin, and it’s a very difficult track to ride. So, for me, to finish in fourth is a great thing. We managed to do a great race and my performance with the bike has improved race by race, thanks to my team. I started today’s race in a calm and careful way, and I was able to build and up my pace, eventually passing quite a few riders to get fourth. I’m happy and excited to go to Portugal with the improvements we’ve found, starting this European section of the season means a lot of races and pressure but we’re exactly where I hoped to be so far.”

Livio Suppo – Team Manager:

“Our riders had a great race today; both showing determination but balancing it with smooth moves and careful consideration. Both Alex and Joan had really nice pace, the GSX-RR was also working well, and this makes us feel good. I’m proud to be part of this Suzuki squad on the day the brand takes its 500th podium, it’s a special feeling. Now let’s stay grounded and keep our focus on Europe.”

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:

“We are very happy with today’s result. We had a podium with Alex last week in Argentina, and we were able to repeat it here at a very different track. This was a ‘classic Suzuki race’ in the sense that we didn’t start high up but we kept our determination and fighting spirit, then both Alex and Joan got the best from themselves and their bikes. It was an excellent way to celebrate 500 podiums for Suzuki. We’ve had a consistent start to the season, and now we’ll go to the European rounds to try and keep this momentum and aim for a win.”


1 Enea BASTIANINI Gresini Racing MotoGP 41’23.111
2 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 41’25.169 2.058
3 Jack MILLER Ducati Lenovo Team 41’25.423 2.312
4 Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 41’27.086 3.975
5 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati Lenovo Team 41’29.156 6.045
6 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 41’29.728 6.617
7 Fabio QUARTARARO Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 41’29.871 6.760
8 Jorge MARTIN Pramac Racing 41’31.552 8.441
9 Johann ZARCO Pramac Racing 41’35.486 12.375
10 Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia Racing 41’35.753 12.642
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing 41’36.058 12.947
12 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 41’36.487 13.376
13 Pol ESPARGARO Repsol Honda Team 41’41.072 17.961
14 Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU 41’41.881 18.770
15 Andrea DOVIZIOSO WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP 41’52.430 29.319
16 Franco MORBIDELLI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 41’52.240 29.129
17 Luca MARINI Mooney VR46 Racing Team 41’52.741 29.630
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 41’55.113 32.002
19 Raul FERNANDEZ Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 42’00.173 37.062
20 Remy GARDNER Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 42’05.553 42.442
21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Gresini Racing MotoGP 42’05.998 42.887
22 Darryn BINDER WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP 43’05.282 1’42.171
Not Classified:
72 Marco BEZZECCHI Mooney VR46 Racing Team


2 Alex RINS 56
3 Aleix ESPARGARO 50
4 Joan MIR 46
6 Brad BINDER 42
7 Jack MILLER 31
8 Johann ZARCO 31
9 Miguel OLIVEIRA 28
10 Jorge MARTIN 28
12 Francesco BAGNAIA 23
13 Marc MARQUEZ 21
14 Maverick VIÑALES 19
15 Franco MORBIDELLI 15
16 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 12
17 Luca MARINI 10
18 Marco BEZZECCHI 7
19 Darryn BINDER 6
20 Alex MARQUEZ 4
21 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 2
22 Remy GARDNER 1
25 Stefan BRADL 0


In 2020 Suzuki Motor Corporation marked its 100th anniversary and 60 years in racing, the same year that Joan Mir dominated the top class and took the MotoGP crown. And now, two years later, another important moment is marked in Suzuki’s history books.

The story started on June 4th 1962 when Ernst Degner took the brand’s first podium, riding the RM62 in the 50cc class at the Isle of Man (which in those times was a World Championship round). Just three years later the Hamamatsu factory hit 100 podiums in Finland with Hugh Anderson and, fittingly, the 200th podium was taken by a Finn; Teuvo ‘Tepi’ Lansivuori in 1975. In the next decade Italy’s Marco Lucchinelli made it 300, and in 1993 it was Kevin Schwantz who secured Suzuki’s 400th podium. In between these major milestones, a number of very talented riders and champions have added to the tally; the likes of Barry Sheene, Randy Mamola, and Kenny Roberts Jnr.

Suzuki’s most successful class in terms of podiums is 500cc/ MotoGP™, 316 in total, and the rider with the most podiums for the brand is Kevin Schwantz – a brilliant 51 rostrum stops for the American. Schwantz was present in Austin to witness Alex Rins taking the 500th podium, and he was joined by other former Suzuki podium-sitters; Randy Mamola, Maverick Viñales, Franco Uncini and John Hopkins as they all toasted the success together with Team Suzuki Ecstar.

In recent years, Joan Mir and Alex Rins have been star performers for Suzuki on their GSX-RR machines, taking a total of 28 podiums between them.

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Team Suzuki Press Office – May 30.

MotoGP™ Race Classification:

Joan Mir: 3rd
Alex Rins: DNF

The MotoGP™ race at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello got underway under a dark cloud after the tragic death of young Moto3 rider, Jason Dupasquier, was announced. Riders and members of the paddock gathered together on the grid ahead of the 23 lap race to pay their respects to the Swiss rider with a one minute’s silence.

Joan Mir and Alex Rins made determined starts and were running sixth and seventh by the end of the first lap. One lap later they had climbed one place each and the Team Suzuki Ecstar pairing were showing good pace. However, they spent many laps stuck behind Jack Miller as the race leaders were building a gap, but they didn’t let this dishearten them and they continued to use their excellent corner speed to their advantage, passing the Australian and setting their sights on podium places.

Both Mir and Rins got their heads down and chipped away at the gap to Miguel Oliveira, impressively taking just three laps to get on the Portuguese rider’s tail. On Lap 17 the Hamamatsu riders had their GSX-RRs in third and fourth, but on the next lap Rins lost the front of his bike at Turn 15 and suffered his fourth DNF in a row – he was luckily uninjured. Mir continued to push hard, not only maintaining a podium spot in third but giving his all to gain second place. At the chequered flag it was a close finish and the Mallorcan took a great third, which he dedicated to Jason Dupasquier.

Shinichi Sahara – Project Leader and Team Director:

“It’s been an up and down day; of course we’re very pleased with Joan’s efforts and his podium finish because he didn’t have an ideal grid position but he was able to make a good start and show great pace. Alex also had strong pace with the race tyres, and we were really aiming for a double podium today, which seemed possible, but unfortunately another crash for Alex meant it didn’t happen. Luckily he is fine. We won’t give up and we’ll continue to work towards better consistency.”

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:

“This weekend has been very tough, but we are happy to get back on the podium. I want to thank and congratulate Joan for this great result, and also the team for all their efforts. It was such a pity for Alex today, he had podium pace and plenty of potential but unfortunately he crashed again. We will continue pushing to get both riders on the podium, and we move now directly to Barcelona where we will work hard and hope for a nice finish for Joan and Alex.”

Joan Mir:

“It was very difficult to put the helmet on today, a really hard day at the office. What happened to Jason was incredibly sad – we are all humans and part of a paddock family, so of course we feel all these emotions. It’s been the saddest podium of my career, and also for Fabio and Miguel I’m sure. I send my warmest wishes to Jason’s family and team and dedicate this podium to them. My crew did great job this weekend, the bike improved every day and I gave my absolute all, so I’m pleased to repay them with this 3rd place. I would also like to dedicate this result to our team member, Elvio, who was badly injured in an accident last year but was finally able to join us here in Mugello. Now it’s time to rest a bit and get prepared for Montmelo.”

Alex Rins:

“It’s difficult to say what happened today, because I was riding well behind Joan and holding strong positions and making passes. During the race I felt pretty good with the bike, but not quite the same feeling as during practices. I was struggling a bit with the front of the bike, and we need to analyse what happened because I can’t figure it out. It’s four DNFs for me in a row now, and that’s not normal, so we need to find out what’s going on, causing me to lose the front and crash out. Luckily I’m fine physically, but obviously I am feeling very disappointed. This weekend has been very tough for everybody, and my thoughts are with Jason Dupasquier’s family and friends. Now we need some time to refocus before Barcelona next weekend.”

GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA OAKLEY – MotoGP™ Race Classification:

1. F. QUARTARARO – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – 41:16.344
2. M. OLIVEIRA – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +02.592
3. J. MIR – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +03.000
4. J. ZARCO – Pramac Racing +03.535
5. B. BINDER – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +04.903
6. J. MILLER – Ducati Lenovo Team +06.233
7. A. ESPARGARO – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +08.030
8. M. VIÑALES – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +17.239
9. D. PETRUCCI – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +23.296
10. V. ROSSI – Petronas Yamaha SRT +25.146
11. I. LECUONA – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +25.152
12. P. ESPARGARO – Repsol Honda Team +26.059
13. M. PIRRO – Pramac Racing +26.182
14. A. MARQUEZ – LCR Honda CASTROL +29.400
15. L. SAVADORI – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +32.378
16. F. MORBIDELLI – Petronas Yamaha SRT +37.906
17. L. MARINI – SKY VR46 Avintia +50.306
Not Classified:
T. NAKAGAMI – LCR Honda IDEMITSU – 34:13.504 – 20 laps
A. RINS – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 32:21.384 – 19 laps
F. BAGNAIA – Ducati Lenovo Team – 01:52.699 – 2 laps
M. MARQUEZ – Repsol Honda Team – 01:54.303 – 1 laps
E. BASTIANINI – Avintia Esponsorama – 00.000 – 1 laps

MotoGP™ World Standings:

1 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 105
2 Johann ZARCO Ducati 81
3 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 79
4 Jack MILLER Ducati 74
5 Joan MIR Suzuki 65
6 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 64
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 44
8 Brad BINDER KTM 35
9 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 33
10 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 29
11 Pol ESPARGARO Honda 29
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 28
13 Alex RINS Suzuki 23
14 Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 23
15 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 20
16 Enea BASTIANINI Ducati 20
17 Jorge MARTIN Ducati 17
18 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 16
19 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 15
20 Iker LECUONA KTM 13
21 Stefan BRADL Honda 11
22 Luca MARINI Ducati 9
23 Michele PIRRO Ducati 3
24 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 3
25 Tito RABAT Ducati 1

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