Suzuki Ecstar came to Phillip Island with high hopes of a podium finish – maybe even a win. That did not happen, but there was great news that came out of the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019.
While two-time 2019 MotoGP™ winner Alex Rins struggled and finished ninth, the team’s rookie Joan Mir was very strong and brought home his Suzuki GSX-RR in a career-best fifth place, one spot better than his previous best in Barcelona in June.
Rins had been very fast in the opening half of the race, running as high as fourth, but when he lost tyre grip he fell back, and Mir was able to salvage a good result for the team.
“It was a good race,” said Mir. “I’m so happy about the work we’ve been doing behind the scenes, all the steps we’re taking are helping a lot.
“It’s a shame the conditions weren’t more settled during the weekend, because in the dry I felt really good and I got my best MotoGP result. I wish there had been one more lap today – I was getting close to the podium! But finally, it looks like the better results are coming, I feel great with the bike.”
The 22-year-old MotoGP™ rookie continues to struggle for speed in qualifying, but his performance at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is such that the team must be confident of good results over the final races of the season.
Rins continues to hold third place in the riders’ championship points, while the result for Mir, who won the Moto3™ title in 2017, moves him to 12th overall.