Alex Rins’ MotoGP retirement in Barcelona “hurts”

Rins broke his right arm in a bicycle accident in Barcelona on Thursday and had to undergo surgery on Friday morning, excluding him from the Grand Prix that weekend.

The Japanese brand confirmed earlier Friday that Rins’ surgery was a success and will later release details on the expected recovery time.

Suzuki chose not to replace him, which means that I was left alone this weekend.

I finished 16th almost a second behind the pace on Friday on his GSX-RR, but didn’t time attack in FP2 after encountering a problem with the soft front tire.

“To be the only Suzuki on the track hurts me in this case because we don’t have a second motorcycle to compare,” said Mir on Friday. “It’s very important for me to have Alex on the other side of the workshop.” In such cases, we lack information. “

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I say his problem with the soft front tire was a “terrible sensation” on the used option, which is usually an area where the Suzuki excels.

“There’s a lot to do, but we’re not bad at all,” added Mir.

“The track didn’t have a lot of grip and in the end I had a problem with the soft tires. I couldn’t improve on the used ones.

“Hopefully we can solve this problem with the front of the bike in view of Saturday.

“The sensations were terrible. We are with used rubber [usually] strongest, but we need to make sure this problem does not repeat itself.

“Everyone complained about a lack of grip and tire wear is also very high.

“The key will be the deterioration during the race. I feel strong being the first day. “

The Catalonia circuit proved to be a strong venue for Suzuki in 2020, with Mir coming just a second after the win in last year’s race, while teammate Rins followed on the podium in third place.