The general opinion of MotoGP riders on the Mandalika circuit was that the conditions were on the verge of sustainable for testing, but far from practicable for competition. In question is the dirty asphalt and with some problems in its own integrity dropping stones with the passage of the motorcycles.
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins addressed the situation to the press, saying: 'A week before we come here they need to allow all these bikes that are on the track to ride here to find more grip on the track. Maybe cars! Let's do car racing with rental cars! [laugh]'.
Maintaining that the Mandalika track is not safe to compete as it is now, Rins insisted that it isn't for lack of effort that the situation isn't better: 'Surely they tried hard; on saturday night they were cleaning the track. But clearly there's only one way to ride, so it's very difficult to overtake. Surely they will do something, but maybe they didn't have enough time. Right now it's not safe to compete'.
The MotoGP pre-season tests are over, which gave the first indications of what can be expected from the 2022 season. Although it is not always easy to read the performances in this environment, there are some sensations and impressions that remain, and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) sees two rivals particularly prepared.
The spaniard told the press that he was especially surprised by Honda, considering that it could be, along with Aprilia, one of the best-prepared teams after testing:
– The bike that surprised me the most was the Honda. Pol [Espargaró] and Marc [Márquez] are riding very fast; here too Pol did a good job being very fast on a single lap and the pace wasn't bad. They are all our main opponents, but the ones that are more prepared are perhaps Honda and Aprilia.