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Joan Mir and Suzuki, ready to hit 2022

| 3.3.22 |

Joan Mir

 In the 2020 MotoGP season, who would have thought that a young man who had only appeared as a Rookie in MotoGP the previous season would come out as world champion in the 2020 season. Well, Joan Mir turned all predictions upside down. Not only because Mir still smells like kencur in the MotoGP class, but Mir goes down to defend Suzuki Ecstar which incidentally is a "entertainer" class factory team when compared to Yamaha with Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales, Quartararo and Morbideli, as well as the Repsol Honda Team with Marc Marquez and Ducati who are on the rise with their four strong riders Andrea Dovizioso, Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller and Johann Zarco. Even with teammate Joan Mir, Alex Rins was favored as the main driver for Suzuki Ecstar, but without a doubt Mir slowly shot forward consistently and claimed the world title left by Marc Marquez, who was out for a long time due to injury in an accident at the circuit. Jerez in the 2020 MotoGP season opener. Joan Mir was the 2017 Moto3 world champion with the Leopard Racing Honda team, after winning Moto3, 2018 Joan Mir moved up to Moto2 with the Kalex team and took 6th place. And the Spaniard made his MotoGP debut with Suzuki in 2019 as a rookie, Mir has yet to look promising, only finishing in 12th place. But who would have thought that in the following season, Mir would be able to lead the Japanese factory team to their first world title in 20 years, when Mir successfully won the 2020 MotoGP world title. But for some reason, Mir's victory is still considered mediocre, seen as something that happened by chance. In fact, what is inscribed by Joan Mir is something brilliant and sensational, and this can be compared to the greatness of Michael Schumacher when he became Formula One world champion with second-class constructor Benetton. Indeed Mir was then unable to display his consistency in the 2021 season. This season proved difficult for Mir, but it was all due to a lack of development for his Suzuki GSX-RR mount, Mr Miraculous nicknamed Mir could only finish third in the standings and could not win a single victory in the season that.

In addition to the problem of stalled motorcycle development, Mir and Suzuki in the 2021 season were also disturbed by the departure of team manager Davide Brivio who moved to Formula 1 with the Alphine team, with the management choosing not to look for a direct replacement for that year. However, entering the 2022 season, Mir's name has begun to be widely discussed and associated with big constructor teams such as Honda and Yamaha. With his contract expiring in 2022, Mir could have moved to another team, especially if the move could give him a greater chance to become world champion again, with the support of a competitive team and vehicle. However, it seems Suzuki fans can breathe a sigh of relief, following Mir's statement confirming that the rumors about his move were false. In Mir's statement as quoted from, Mir implied that he would stay with Suzuki. Mir exclusively told that his "priority" is to stay with Suzuki now. "As I said in pre-season, I want to see how the new bike goes and what happens with the team manager before thinking about an update," said Mir. "I see that Suzuki has made great efforts to meet our demands and therefore my priority is updating." Add Mir again. "My representatives will meet with Livio and [project leader Shinichi] Sahara to discuss the details." "I asked Suzuki for the evolution of the bike and the recruitment of a team manager, and they have responded to my demands." "I'm not in a hurry and I'm not worried about my future, because I'm very confident in my potential. I'm sure I will have a good team in 2023." This seems to be because during the pre-season test, Mir got a lot of promising progress from his mount, Suzuki's new bike is much more competitive than last season. Besides that, signing with former Honda head Livio Suppo as Ecstar team manager for 2022 is a brilliant and very positive move for the Suzuki team and even more so for Joan Mir.

Next March 6, the Qatar MotoGP at the Losail Circuit will be the opening series of this year's racing season, can the rider with motorcycle number 36 immediately make a breakthrough or will he just be a shadow of the Ducati and Yamaha teams who are on the rise in the performance of their motorcycles and teams. What is clear is a new motorbike, new manager and new spirit, maybe Mir will show off at the new Mandalika circuit two weeks later. It will be interesting to wait and see how Joan Mir goes in the face of tough opponents and tough teams.

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