Suzuki is enjoying its golden moment in the standings with one rider leading the world championship and the team heading the special team standings in a head-to-head battle with Petronas. In this Aragon double-header, however, Joan Mir has always been beaten by Alex Rins, who won last week and who finished second today behind only Franco Morbidelli.
“It was a good race - said Rins - I was faster than 7 days ago but Franco showed he has a great potential, at the beginning I was able to keep up with him because I had soft tyres but then he went away from me. Morbidelli was incredible, I didn't have the chance to pass him because he was really too fast but in any case I'm happy with my race ”.
With a different tyre choice, could you have threatened the Petronas team rider for the win?
"Today I suffered a bit with the tyres but also last week I arrived at the end of the race suffering a bit of sliding. With 7 laps to go I saw that Joan was far away and so I calmed down to take home the second position which is important for the championship standings ”.
Championship standings that are becoming increasingly complicated with Joan in first position and 5 riders ready to battle each other in these last three races. You close this group 32 points behind. Is there any chance of winning?
“I'm not very far from Joan, it will be difficult and I realize that it is not a good situation for Brivio and for the team because they have two riders fighting for the World Championship. I have a chance to fight for the title even though Mir is going really fast and he's very consistent. This is a season of ups and downs for everyone except us who have made consistency our strength. At Valencia I'll try to do my best, it's a track that I like but I think the Yamahas can be very strong there. We will have to push from as early as Friday ”.
You seem to have made a big step forward compared to the start of the season and in these last few races you are constantly on the podium and in the top positions. What has changed? Is it just a physical question after you recovered from the injury or is there more?
“In these last few races I feel much better on the bike and my physical condition has improved. I have less "physical stress" during the race and am returning to the positions where I should be. I'm really happy with this because I knew that the injury I had needed time to heal."