EMPHATIC DOUBLE VICTORY FOR SUZUKI AS MIR TAKES DEBUT WIN
GRAN PREMIO DE EUROPA RACE RESULTS:
Joan Mir: 1st Alex Rins: 2nd (+ 0.651)
Team Suzuki Ecstar enjoyed what could be described as a ‘perfect Sunday’ at Ricardo Tormo circuit for the European Grand Prix; after an excellently controlled 27 lap race, Joan Mir took his first MotoGP victory, extending his championship lead, with his team-mate Alex Rins in second place.
Coming into the race with a 14 point lead in the championship, Mir managed the pressure well. From his fifth place grid spot he slotted into fourth off the line before swiftly moving into third, and just four laps into the race he had put in an excellent pass to snatch second place. The Mallorcan displayed phenomenal race pace as the circuit claimed several victims, and on Lap 17 he passed Rins at Turn 11 to take the lead. From that point on there was no looking back, and amazingly he set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 20. Riding within his limits and looking smooth and confident, five laps from the end he had a one second lead over the field and he went on to take a superb debut victory and extend his title lead to 37 points.
Rins got a rocket start from second on the grid, and his precise and confident style saw him become race leader and set a great pace from the second lap onwards. Rins held his spot at the front of the field until Lap 17 when he was passed by his team-mate. He did a great job to hold off third-place Pol Espargaro, who remained close to the Suzuki pair throughout the race. .