Suzuki riders Joan Mir and Alex Rins are motivated coming into the Spanish Grand Prix, hoping a race win is on the cars at a circuit which should suit the bike.

Rins comes into Spain fighting fit for the first time since 2019 after he broke his shoulder last year and was not 100%. He has shown so far this year that he is the main challenger to Fabio Quartararo, as he was second for the majority of the Portuguese Grand Prix before crashing at turn 5.

Speaking before this weekends race, Rins said he had put his past behind him, and was confident of a good result.

“I’m confident with the way the bike is working at the moment, and this is a circuit that I like a lot. For sure it will be a very intense weekend with a lot of riders being very competitive, but I’m excited to put any bad memories behind me and get a great result.”

Teammate Mir is equally as motivated for a good result, the reigning champion took his first podium of the season at Portimao, but its clear consistency will not be enough to topple the dominant Quartararo as it was last year.

“I was really pleased to be on the podium in Portugal, and I want to match this result and better it. My goal is to be in the top three every race if possible,” Mir said.

“Here at Jerez I think our bike can be strong, and it’s a circuit I like a lot, but I’m also expecting the competition level to be really high – even more than normal – because all the riders know this circuit very well and in general the level is extremely high this year. But as usual I will aim to put in the best performance possible and bring Suzuki a nice result and a bunch of points.”

Suzuki sit second in the teams title and third in the constructors title coming into this weekend.

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