Excessive winds left Losail circuit coated in sand for the ultimate day of the Qatar pre-season check, with solely 5 riders finishing laps because of the situations.
Suzuki duo Mir and Alex Rins didn’t enterprise out in any respect in the course of the eight-hour session, with the previous admitting the misplaced day has confirmed to be problematic as he had “nonetheless a variety of issues to attempt” on his GSX-RR.
Mir – who ended the check seventh total – had earmarked the ultimate day to do some race preparations and work extra on the 2021 chassis, which he felt was missing in braking areas in comparison with the 2020 body he gained the world title on.
When requested how ready he was for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, after check pacesetter Jack Miller mentioned on Friday that Suzuki hadn’t proven its true potential, he replied: “I really feel ready at 70% as a result of we deliberate today to carry out in a greater manner, to not attempt a variety of issues however simply [to tweak] a bit extra the electronics, to work extra for the [race] weekend.
“And [it] was not sufficient at some point, was most likely not sufficient.
Joan Mir, Workforce Suzuki MotoGP
“I really feel ready, I feel the Ducatis are actually quick, and the Yamaha – that is one observe that matches so effectively for them. Additionally for us, however most likely we’re not as robust as them, particularly with some Yamahas.
“We’re one of many quickest however we’re not the quickest, and for positive I’m not 100% happy as a result of I’m not the strongest on the check.”
Requested if shedding the final day of operating affected his choice on chassis selection for the primary race, he added: “Most likely we are going to go along with the identical one as final 12 months’s. The brand new chassis, it performs fairly effectively, however we have to make a great set-up for it and possibly we don’t have that point.
“So, it is going to be the important thing if the staff now makes good work on the pc. It’s most likely much more necessary than the check right now, they usually have now 10 days of a variety of work. Even when we keep right here in Qatar, I feel they won’t get bored!”
Mir additionally admitted the primary three days of the five-day check have been spent totally on issues that “weren’t working”, in addition to having to focus a few of his time on Suzuki’s 2022 engine.
Alex Rins, Workforce Suzuki MotoGP
Workforce-mate Rins was extra optimistic after the ultimate day, however conceded he too will seemingly begin the season on the 2020 chassis.
“We’re prepared to begin the championship, I’m feeling ready to battle within the race,” mentioned Rins, who was eighth total. “We’ll give our 100% to be in entrance, and to be in entrance means combating, overtakes – on the straight additionally – so I hope to see a race like 2019.
“So, we’re prepared. I feel we completed the check with good conclusions, very optimistic data. It’s a disgrace we didn’t journey right now as a result of we had deliberate to check once more the 2021 chassis. I’m undecided if I’ll use [it] for the race weekend as a result of there was not sufficient time to attempt.”