About Last Night: Familiar St. Louis fire leads to a Habs win in Tampa
With the caveat that the Tampa Bay Lightning were on the second half of a back-to-back, the Montreal Canadiens took it to them on Saturday night while the game was at even strength. Playing the role of spoiler and doing a favour for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canadiens were the better team for most of the game on the road against the two-time reigning Stanley Cup Champions. No Ben Chiarot, no Brett Kulak, no Jeff Petry, no Chris Wideman, no Artturi Lehkonen, no Brendan Gallagher. That’s four of their top-six defencemen since Martin St. Louis took over, a hard minutes matchup forward who was also putting up points, and a frustrated but still territorially dominant forward.
The Spaniard’s title defence last year proved difficult, as a lack of development on the GSX-RR meant he could do no better than third in the standings and failed to add to his victory tally.
While Mir is yet to score a podium in 2022 while team-mate Alex Rins has two – including last weekend at COTA, which was Suzuki’s 500th in grand prix racing – he has finished every race so far inside the top six and is just 15 points from the championship lead in fourth.
Having struggled with rear grip in Qatar, Mir feels Suzuki has been on an upward trajectory since then and believes it is starting to make “less to more” races - where it comes on strong in the closing laps due to better tyre management - like it did in 2020 when he won the title.
Espargaro: “Dream” MotoGP win “changes nothing” in my life
Aleix Espargaro says his “dream” maiden MotoGP win with Aprilia in the Argentina Grand Prix “changes nothing” in his life as he already “has everything” he wants.Espargaro started his 200th MotoGP race on Sunday and his 284th grand prix in total and was the only rider on the grid without a GP victory at any level.
“I think in Europe, we will make that click that we are missing at the moment,” Mir said at COTA after finishing fourth.
“In Argentina we did a really good race, in Mandalika also in the wet.
“In Qatar we saw that we missed something, but the truth is from Qatar to now I’ve started to feel a lot better.
“We’re starting to make races like in 2020, from less to more and trying to give the 100% of the potential of our bike.
“So, let’s continue like that. I think that this year if we are focused and we are able to make that next click with this bike that I think we can do it, we will fight again for a good position at the end of the season for sure.” © Autosport.com Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP, Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP, Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Canadiens Notebook: Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki continue to bond
Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield have become best buddies on and off the ice. So it’s fitting that the Canadiens announced Tuesday morning the young forwards are co-winners of the Molson Cup for the month of March, based on three-star game selections. In 15 games last month, the 22-year-old Suzuki had 7-10-17 totals, was named the first star once, second star once and third star twice. Caufield, 21, had 7-8-15 totals in March and was named first star once, second star twice and third star once.
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Commenting on his COTA race, Mir added: “Considering that it’s a track that… during the weekend I didn’t want to say, because negative comments don’t help.
“But this track is just different than the others and I don’t enjoy riding on this track.
“And also it’s a track that when you don’t enjoy riding, you always miss something.
“So, to be able to finish here in fourth position is something great.
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“It means we are doing steps forward, positive ones.
“We came from behind and the last part of the race was a positive one.
“And step by step I was overtaking and I was feeling great.
“So, I’m so pleased about everything is going. Fourth position is always a position you don’t want to finish in. Fifth or third is always better. But anyway, it’s great.”
ALEIX ESPARGARO: No penalties for MotoGP strolling ridiculous .
© Motorsport Images Aleix Espargaro has for waiting MotoGP colleagues very limited understanding after the Grand Prix of the Americas was raised in the third free workout and in qualifying several times and some drivers On others were waiting to hang on their rear wheel, the demand for a harder race of racing commissaries in such cases has once become more loud. "This is unacceptable," judges Suzuki-Pilot Alex Rins, which was affected by the traffic in qualifying.