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RINS FOURTH AND MIR SIXTH

RINS FOURTH AND MIR SIXTH IN CATALAN GRAND PRIX

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Alex Rins finished fourth in this weekend's Catalan Grand Prix after an intense battle for the podium, while Joan Mir rediscovered his form and confidence to finish sixth.

Rins made a strong start from the third row of the grid and was already up with the leading group and making passes before four riders fell in front of him. Holding third, he battled for second for much of the race until a mistake saw him pull off a miraculous save into turn one.

He dropped to sixth, but regrouped and pushed forward again to take fourth place at the chequered flag.

His teammate, Mir, meanwhile, demonstrated the pace he showed at the start of the season to take his best-ever MotoGP finish in sixth.

Mir had been fast all weekend, further highlighting the progression made by him and the team with his setup after a tricky few rounds. Maintaining a strong pace throughout, he finished just off the back of the podium battle in sixth.

Rins commented afterwards, "I’m a little bit disappointed with my result because I felt I could have a really good result this weekend - but on the other hand, considering I had some problems during the race, it’s not a bad result.

"It was a complicated and difficult race and it was a shame to see the crash between [Jorge] Lorenzo and the others, especially as it gave [Marc] Marquez even more of an advantage. The track was very hot, which made it hard on the tyres and I struggled with feeling, especially in the right-hand turns.

"Ideally I would have got a better start and gone with Marc, but in the end it wasn’t possible. Anyway, I’m quite pleased to have finished fourth despite my struggles."

Mir said, "It was a difficult race because the track temperature was so high. On the first few laps I tried to conserve the tyres and manage my race well.

"I hope to continue my season like this, finishing races and building my experience and confidence. This is the second strong race for me after Qatar and I’m really glad to have been able to get a good result."

Team Suzuki Ecstar test rider, Sylvain Guintoli, was also in action on his GSX-RR, obtaining more data for the team. He finished 13th, and joins Rins and Mir on track today [Monday] at the official test.