Suzuki Team Press Office – May 12.
Round five of the 2021 MotoGP ™ World Championship will see the series head to the classic Le Mans Bugatti track in northern France.
Team Suzuki Ecstar are looking for a podium finish at the French Grand Prix this weekend, after a tricky fourth round in Jerez which saw Joan Mir clinch a Top five, and Alex Rins suffer from a DNF.
Le Mans gave mixed results for defending champion Mir, who won here in 2017 but finished 11th last year. Likewise, Rins did not finish the French GP in 2020, but in the past he has won several MotoGP Top 10s and a Moto2 victory in 2016.
Located in the Sarthe region of France, Le Mans is synonymous with motorsports of all kinds thanks to its long history of events. The Bugatti track used by the MotoGP ™ field was built in 1965 and can be classified as a “stop & go” circuit with several sharp turns and fast sections.
Curiosity – French GP: With Phillip Island, the French GP is the one where the riders spend the least time at full speed; only 16% of the total stroke.
Shinichi Sahara – Project Manager and Team Director:
“In the last race in Jerez we suffered a bit, especially as Alex had a DNF, although Joan managed to keep a good pace and get a useful top 5. It was not an easy race for us, it was difficult to deal with the tires and the conditions, but we had a day of testing in Jerez on Monday after the race and it was very positive. We have worked in many areas and found a lot of useful information which we hope to use in the races to come. We are now at Le Mans and we are ready to try again to get good results for our two drivers. The weather here is always quite mixed and it rains often, so this should be taken into account too! “
“I enjoyed the test in Jerez and I am ready to take another step here at Le Mans. We can have a little trouble on this route because on paper, our bike has trouble on the “ stop & go ” circuits, and also because the weather can make everything more difficult. But obviously we want to get a solid finish and as many points as possible so I can’t wait to get back on my bike and give my best.
“After Jerez fell, I felt my shoulder was a bit sore, it’s the same one I hurt last year, so naturally I was a bit worried. I rode the Jerez test in the morning but finished early so I could go home and have my shoulder checked. No other damage was found, so I just had some treatment to relieve it before Le Mans. It’s a circuit that can be unpredictable, but I can’t wait to ride again and I want to bring my team to a nice finish.