Joan Mir said he had a hard time making progress at the Spanish GP after struggling with braking due to the soft front tire he chose.
The Suzuki racer recovered and finished fifth in the race after starting tenth for the Jerez encounter. After the outing, however, he said he was having a hard time getting any further after having found it “difficult to stop the bike” with his soft front tire choice. The reigning MotoGP champion is unhappy with the movement being made the tire brought in his GSX-RR.
He did admit that the rubber with the soft front was the “safest” choice for him as he ran on the harder option at the beginning of the weekend – the Spaniard was the only front runner who opted for the soft front for the race – However, he reckoned with the combination of The Tire and the dirty air thrown from the rear of his competitors’ machines made it difficult for him to move forward throughout the event.
“We have to be smarter and try to start higher on the grid next time. Also, it didn’t help that the soft front tire wasn’t the best choice for the race. It was difficult to stop the bike and I felt a lot of movement, but it was the safest choice for me, ”Mir explained.
“It was my mistake (going far at Turn 6), it is really difficult to overtake here because as soon as you are half a second behind the other bike you have problems braking and the front tire is being overhauled.
“As I went far, I knew it would be difficult to overtake again. I think it happened to everyone because (Franco) Morbidelli was behind others and had the same problems as Taka (Nakagami). It’s exactly what usually happens in Jerez.
“The points for fifth place are okay, we’ll take it.”
Rins: “Speed really good” despite a crash and a lost winglet
Teammate Alex Rins, meanwhile, saw a promising Spanish GP performance fade after crashing at Turn 6 on Tour 3 while running right behind Mir in seventh place. The three-time Premier Class race winner stated that a small bump on the outside made him work on the dirty part of the track, thereby losing the front of his machine.
A philosophical Rins wondered what would have been possible if the crash hadn’t happened. The Spaniard ran at eye level after re-entering, if not a little faster than the front runners, despite having lost one of the winglets that control the flow of the GSX. The aerodynamics of RR.
“Usually we come out of the right corner on the straight (turn 5) and go right off the track, then back and left and then right when we come into the next right-handed corner,” said Rins.
“I hit a little bump when I was a little wider (with me inside) and with the full tank and everything I was feeling a little harder than normal so the rear tire was lifted so I had to release the brakes and lightly run wide and then on the dirty part of the track I lost the front.
“We lost one of the winglets in the crash, so the aerodynamics on the bike was definitely not the same, but my pace was still very good and pretty close to the guys in front, and for the last ten laps I was a tent or two tenths faster than the leaders. “