Team Suzuki's Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins raced to sixth and eighth placed finishes in the weekend's enthralling Australian Grand Prix, with Iannone fighting for the podium for the duration of the race.
The Grand Prix will go down in history as one of the most exciting races ever, and saw up to nine racers fighting for the win early on. It was still a eight-rider leading group in the closing stages, with Iannone making progress into the podium positions, while teammate, Rins, held station in eighth, but always just off the back of the leading group.
In the closing stages Iannone was pushed back from a podium spot, but retained a position inside the top six, with Rins taking a solid eighth placed finish.
Iannone said, "The race for sure has been a positive one for us. It’s been a while since we fought in the leading group for the whole race. I’m happy for how we’ve worked during this weekend; the whole team and Suzuki did a great job in the last two races.
"I’m disappointed that I couldn’t finish in a better position, but I couldn't feel enough grip to make use of our acceleration and keep up with the others. I gave it all I had. In the very last laps I also found myself in third and second place, but I couldn't hang on.
"I want to thank the whole team and the company and I hope I will be able to reward them with a positive 2018."
Rins commented, "I’m very happy for the result because this weekend has been a very complicated one thanks to the variable and hard weather conditions. But in the race I felt really good and the position was not bad at all. I was able to stay with the leading group for nearly the whole race, but then with six or seven laps to go I had to give up because the rear grip had a big drop. It was getting worn and I couldn’t make any further attempts.
"The GSX-RR behaved very well and I’m happy. The fight in the leading group has been very fierce and it was nice to see both our Suzukis in the mix. This means that the development that we are doing on the bike is working, and I feel I’m improving myself as well, which give me confidence for the future."