Mir says he is still “waiting for details” from Suzuki and sees Honda as “out of his driving style”.

Mir says he is still “waiting for details” from Suzuki and sees Honda as “out of his driving style”.


Joan Mir

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The announcement of Suzuki’s departure at the end of the 2022 MotoGP season surprised everyone, including the two riders, Álex Rins and Joan Mir. The 2020 champion even said that he is waiting until today for information from the Japanese factory, revealing that the only position received so far is the official statement given to the press.

Suzuki officially withdrew from MotoGP on May 12, citing problems stemming from the financial crisis. Mir, who has already said that he will continue with the factory team in 2023, is now studying possible options, but admitted that the uncertainty is not an easy thing to deal with.

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Joan Mir is still aimless after the announcement of Suzuki’s departure from MotoGP at the end of the year (Photo: Suzuki)

“It is a difficult situation. I said from the first moment, it continues and will be until the last race, this uncertainty of people not knowing where they are going”, declared Mir. “We didn’t get any information from Suzuki, it’s just a statement that everyone read. I’m still waiting for an explanation”, insisted the Spaniard.

Before the free practice this Friday (the 17th), in Germany, the Suzuki driver who is still trying to avoid in every way the questions related to his future. Teammate Rins, for example, recently revealed that he was scouted by KTM before the Austrian team announced the signing of Jack Miller. Ducati was another that also showed interest.

Mir, for his part, said that “everything about his future is the same as the last race, and the previous ones” and that this is not a decision that will be made quickly, in “two or three races”. “The pilot’s work is being analyzed, I believe. Of course, getting a good result in the last race always helps, but the most important thing is the trajectory, more than if there were problems in the last stages”, he assessed.

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World champion Seal is impressive, in Mir’s opinion, and he believes he is the same rider as when he won MotoGP in 2020, although he has had problems with Suzuki in recent races. “Now I am going through this situation, of finishing between fourth and sixth place, but I know it is not my real place. [em termos de desempenho] and I don’t think anyone thinks that.”

“I know my virtues as a rider and how much I love riding a bike. My first year at Suzuki was difficult because it didn’t suit my style, but it got better, I got used to the bike, and things went well. .he taught me that even if the bike doesn’t suit your style, you can to have it fast. I think if we have a good job we can be fast with other bikes too”, he continued.

As for the future, Mir was asked about the possibility of Honda racing, but believes he would have more work to deal with on the Japanese bike, given his style of riding. “And the V4 engine? I don’t know, I don’t know… let’s see”, he said.

“I don’t know which bike suits my style best, but Honda… no, Honda No. Yamaha and Suzuki were never my style, but when I got to MotoGP, I thought it wouldn’t work with that type of bike, and. I’ve done well,” concluded Mir .

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