[MotoGP] Team Suzuki Ecstar Finishes the 2020 Season with 1st and 3rd Place in the Ranking

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Team Suzuki Ecstar's Alex Rins finished the 2020 season with a 15th place finish and Joan Mir retired at the 15th and final round of the MotoGP season in Portugal on November 22. However, in the 2020 season, which marked the 100th anniversary of Suzuki and the 60th anniversary of its racing activities, Joan Mir won the season championship, Alex Rins finished third in the ranking, and the team title was won.

Suzuki was also crowned World Champion in the World Endurance Championship with the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT).

Shinichi Sawara Project Leader

2020 has been a great year for us at Suzuki. Winning the rider and team titles was a very important way to celebrate Suzuki's 100th anniversary. We were looking to go even further this weekend and take the constructors' title and the riders' championship 1-2, but unfortunately that will have to wait until next year. However, with two strong riders in Joan Mir and Alex Rins, we now have a clear task to aim higher next year and we will come back even stronger next season. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in Suzuki's MotoGP activities and all the Suzuki fans for their support over the past year.

Takeshi Kawachi Technical Manager

I think we have had a very good season all year and I am very disappointed that the last race was like this. I'm sorry that we couldn't give Alex and Joan a motorcycle that was good enough to fight. However, I will use this as food for next year and start preparing for next year without being complacent about being a champion, and I will make every effort to have another good season. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me this year.

Davide Brivio Team Manager

It's a very disappointing way to end the season. Joan had some electrical problems after the collision with the other motorcycle and he was not able to finish the race and we are trying to find out what the problem was. Alex made a very good start but he struggled with tyre grip and lost a lot of pace towards the end of the race which cost him positions. It was a disappointing way to end the season.

The two riders had different problems that prevented them from getting a good result today, but anyway I am really proud that they were able to finish the season in first and third place in the championship and to win the championship in the 100th anniversary year of Suzuki is something I will always remember. I'm sure they will never forget it.
I would like to thank both riders for always giving it their all, all the team members for always working together and all the people involved in this project.

Alex Rins

I made a mistake with my tyre choice today and it was an unexpectedly tough race for me. I went for the hard rear tyre but despite getting a good start I struggled from the start and couldn't push as hard as I wanted to and as the laps went on the grip diminished and there was nothing I could do. Today's race was disappointing but I'm happy to finish the season in third place in the rider standings. It's been a tough year for me physically and mentally because I had an injury early in the season that didn't heal so well, so I'm really relieved to finish the season on a high note. My motivation is even higher and I'm really looking forward to next season.

Joan Mir

I didn't finish the race today and I didn't get many laps in but I was enjoying the race before I retired. The contact with Francesco (Ducati) was the worst thing that could have happened and I feel really sorry for him. I think we had a problem with the electrical system of the motorcycle after the collision and I couldn't continue the race. We'll have to wait until the next race to find out what caused the problem. It's a shame we couldn't finish the last race on a high but it's been a great year for me, winning the title. We've also won the team title and we're going to celebrate with Alex and the team tonight.

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