On the Friday of Lusail la Suzuki had impressed, both in lap times and top speeds. But in the key moments of qualifying Saturday and race Sunday, the bikes of Joan Mir and Alex Rins failed to keep their promises, retreating without ever being competitive for the first competitions. A sixth and a seventh place at the finish line, having a Ducati, a KTM, two Honda and an Aprilia in front of it, cannot be a good result for the team led by Livio Suppo, which already from Indonesia will have to give a different pace to its own. season. Also to respond to the expectations of Mir, who during the winter said he was absolutely happy with what his team put on the track, so much so as to open the doors to a renewal that until a few weeks before did not seem so certain.
In Doha, according to reports from the Spaniards of Asthe riders’ market has already started with a view to 2023 and the shaky Rins seat has already been matched Fabio Quartararo – discontent with Yamaha – e Maverick Vinales – which is not shining in Aprilia. Livio Suppo, who took office at the end of February as team manager, he doesn’t want to talk about other centaurs and has very clear ideas on what to do: “Suzuki’s priority is to renew with Joan Mir and Alex Rins, because they are both very strong drivers. Joan won a world championship with Suzuki and Alex had a bad season last year, but first he did a great job. That is why our intention is to renew both. Today there is no other open negotiation than with our riders, even if there is no real negotiation. We are talking to understand if we want to continue together “. On the visit received by Giovanni Balestra, manager of Vinales, he minimized: “We’re friends, he just came by to say hello.”
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