If he had already crashed at Le Mans, Joan Mir felt he had the pace to fight for the podium and was very frustrated with his mistake at Sarthe. In Mugello, on the other hand, although the scenario of a fall was repeated, this time he didn’t have the rhythm to be at the front.
The Suzuki rider was never in play all weekend, finishing no better than 15th in free practice and 17th in qualifying. Despite his pre-start optimism and hope of reversing the trend, problems continued and he made a mistake on lap eight of the race.
“If you know weekends like this, everything goes wrong. I don’t know what happened at the start, I stopped and the riders behind me overtook me. I started to overtake, but it’s clear that they drive differently behind them! [rires] I dilated two or three times, it was difficult. In the end I fell, but I knew I wasn’t going to finish the race.”he explained realistically.
“What happened was that I was behind Martín and other riders. I was a bit soft at the end of the straight and I couldn’t stop the bike well, I extended the trajectory and I lost the front. Let’s say it’s better so.” because the feeling I had all weekend is not normal. I don’t know what happened but I couldn’t repeat the corner speed I had last year. If I tried, I wouldn’t take the corner. It’s hard say whatever We have to take a big step if we’re going to do anything because honestly I’d rather be at home than fight in this place! [rires]”
Difficulties that leave him perplexed
Often in the dark since the start of the season, Mir has struggled to understand the changed response of his GSX-RR, which apart from a more powerful engine and the looks of the equipment he sees little different from last year. which Suzuki was the last manufacturer to take over.
“The problem is the entrance [de virage]. I can’t stop the bike well and I don’t have the speed to go around the corner.”he explained. “The problem comes from the device, then from the engine. We have to start there and try to understand what is happening and what the others are doing to progress with the device. I think that will be the key.”
“It’s not that bad at some tracks, but at the ones that suit us well, like Qatar for example, we’ve had a lot of problems and it’s weird. What happened to the front tire in Portimão is also funny. All bikes have changed a bit. With the lower power package that we had last year, I was very fast in the race.”
Mir is counting on Suzuki to find solutions and to be able to constantly fight at the front. But the Japanese manufacturer’s decision to leave MotoGP at the end of the season is bound to have an impact on the development and motivation of the team members.
The World Champion 2020 “want to believe” that the team has the ability to react and move forward as it always has. “Of course we are going through a difficult situation, but we have the motivation to do well. It’s not all over yet and these aren’t the last races, no. We have a championship ahead of us.”he added.
It is clear that there is no longer the harmony that there was in the team, but from then on not finishing the races and fighting outside the points, no.
While he is now tenth in the Championship, 66 points behind Quartararo, he had less than a win against the latter at the start of the European season and is looking to raise the bar as soon as possible. “It is clear that there is no longer the harmony that there was in the team, but from then on not finishing the races and fighting outside the points, no. We will try to find a solution with all motivation and get our heads above water. We have one more season, the year is going to be long.”
With a brighter future now and an announcement shortly regarding the handlebars he will be riding next year, Mir will also have to carry less weight to focus fully on his racing, a fundamental and “motivating” as a pilot, he recalls.
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