Team Suzuki Ecstar Enjoy First Taste of Mandalika

Date posted on February 12, 2022
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Yesterday, Alex Rins was the first rider in the field to put in a lap at Indonesia’s Mandalika circuit. The morning started off wet, but later in the day the main issue was dust and dirt on the track; due to this there was a long stoppage to allow for circuit cleaning.

Initially the focus was on learning the layout, this was important for the riders – who were trying to get to grips with the racing line – and the crew as they worked to establish the gearing and base settings.

Once this was done, both Rins and Joan Mir aimed to switch their attention to continuing the test plan they were unable to complete in Sepang last week, although this proved difficult with mud and stones still on the surface.

#42 Rins reported great feelings with the track despite the conditions, as he put in 72 laps. His best time was just half a second from the top.

#36 Mir was also impressed with the layout and he was happier when the track was cleaner. He did a total of 58 laps.

With a new look GSX-RR, which is upgraded not only on the surface but also under the fairings, the entire team are highly motivated and eager for trophies. 2021 may have been a tough challenge, but with their constant strive for success, the squad managed to close the year with Mir in the Top 3 and the goal for this year is simple: Podiums, prizes and points.

Both Mir and Rins have had a promising and successful off-season, balancing time out with hard training and track laps. After Mir finished 3rd in the championship last year, his goal for 2022 is clear: Fighting for the top spot. Rins is aiming to add more consistency to his undoubtable speed and powerful performances.

The 2022 GSX-RR boasts a brand new paint scheme with the black flashes adding attitude to the slick, and now familiar, blue and silver. And an updated logo, a combination of retro and modern Suzuki stylings, can also be found on the bike, clothes, leathers, and team trucks.

Tying all this together is a fresh hashtag and slogan for the 2022 season; #GearingUp. This new phrase is designed to inspire fans to join the team in gearing up for an exciting year ahead, but also to show the intentions of the team – an improvement in performance and the idea of pushing everything up one gear compared with 2021.

credit: Suzuki Racing

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