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Mir Takes 8th in Assen While an Unlucky Rins Goes Down

Team Suzuki Press Office – June 30.

Joan Mir: 8th (+ 24.268)
Alex Rins: DNF

• Joan Mir has another solid points score as he takes 8th.
• Alex Rins runs at the front until unfortunate crash.
• Team SUZUKI ECSTAR leave Assen with mixed feelings.

The eighth round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship got underway in front of a bumper crowd of 105,000 people. Following a decent warm-up session, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s riders were feeling ready for the 26-lap race.

Alex Rins and Joan Mir, starting from their respective grid positions of 3rd and 5th, got off to rocket starts, leading the pack for the early laps. The pair looked comfortable and confident heading the field, but disaster struck at Turn 9 when Alex Rins lost the front of his GSX-RR and crashed out of the race. He was uninjured but very disappointed as he felt sure of bringing home a podium in Assen.

Joan Mir was able to hold position after the loss of his team-mate, with the rookie slotting into 5th place and maintaining strong pace for a large portion of the race. He focused on closing down the Ducati pair in front of him as his hard front tyre choice came into play. Joan was able to hold an impressive 4th place for several laps. A small mistake under braking with 2 laps remaining dropped him to 8th, a position he held until the chequered flag.

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:

“Today we expected a very strong race for both our riders, so it was a pity that we couldn’t get the results we hoped for. We need to investigate exactly what happened to Alex. Joan lost some places and that was a pity too, but he still had a good finish and took good points within the second group. Things have been improving for him in the last few rounds.”

Davide Brivio – Team Manager:

“Today was disappointing for Alex because he and Joan had great starts and Alex just made a small mistake and went down. Joan fought well, even though he had to back off a bit towards the end of the race. Despite everything, we’re still confident because in general our pace and form are very good at the moment. We’re looking forward to trying again in Germany next week.”

Joan Mir:

“I’m so happy about the weekend in general. Although it was still a bit of a shame, because I expected a little bit more. I was fighting really hard throughout the race, but I didn’t have much grip on the rear towards the end and I thought it was better to finish than fight. I’m looking forward to Sachsenring because I have been feeling much better recently, and I feel that I’m close to achieving some really strong results.”

Alex Rins:

“I did a really good start, and I was riding with a lot of confidence. But then, on the exit of Turn 8, the front came up a little bit more than usual and then I braked really hard getting into Turn 9 and I lost the front immediately. It was a real shame because I was doing well, with a good rhythm and good pace. I’m sure I would have stayed with the front riders. The good news is that I’ll be back on the bike in less than a week, at Sachsenring, and I’m really excited.”

GP of the Netherlands – Race Classification:

1. Maverick VIÑALES Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 40’55.415
2. Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team +4.854
3. Fabio QUARTARARO Petronas Yamaha SRT +9.738
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team +14.147
5. Franco MORBIDELLI Petronas Yamaha SRT +14.467
6. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati Team +14.794
7. Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda CASTROL +18.361
8. Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +24.268
9. Jack MILLER Pramac Racing +26.496
10. Andrea IANNONE Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +26.997
11. Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +28.732
12. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +34.095
13. Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 +34.181
14. Francesco BAGNAIA Pramac Racing +34.249
15. Hafizh SYAHRIN Red Bull KTM Tech 3 +34.494
16. Tito RABAT Reale Avintia Racing +48.357
17. Karel ABRAHAM Reale Avintia Racing 1 Lap
Not Classified
5 Johann ZARCO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
46 Valentino ROSSI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

MotoGP Championship Standings:

1. Marc MARQUEZ Honda 160
2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 116
3. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 108
4. Alex RINS Suzuki 101
5. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 72
6. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 67
7. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 65
8. Jack MILLER Ducati 60
10. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 51
11. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 48
12. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 45
13. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 31
14. Joan MIR Suzuki 30
15. Jorge LORENZO Honda 19
16. Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 18
17. Johann ZARCO KTM 16
18. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 15
19. Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 11
20. Michele PIRRO Ducati 9
21. Tito RABAT Ducati 9
22. Stefan BRADL Honda 6
23. Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 3
24. Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 2
25. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2
26. Bradley SMITH Aprilia

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