Joan Mir can't hide a hint of disappointment. He’s leading the World Championship for the first time, with a six-point advantage over Quartararo, yet he can't help but think about what he still lacks, namely, a victory. In ten races, there have been eight different winners, but missing from that list is the leader of the standings.
“I honestly thought it was the right day to win. It wasn't, but at least it was the right day to be first in the World Championship. I'm not angry, just a little disappointed." He didn't hide it.
Adding to his regret is the fact of seeing a Suzuki on the top step of the podium: Rins’.
"He was smart to overtake at the right time, and he wore the front tire less being in front,” Joan explained. “I felt good throughout the race, but my performance dropped in the last laps."
At that point, he could only settle for a podium that is worth gold for the rankings. But the Spanish rider doesn’t want to think much about the title. He has another problem.
“How do you win this championship? By winning a race,” he said jokingly. “I'm very consistent, that's true, and it seems like it’s the hardest thing to do this season but, right now, I'm more interested in a championship win. Maybe there are other riders for whom the title is more important, but I won't change my approach to racing. Thinking of racing in defense would be a mistake. I’ll try to win. We'll see how many points I get in the last two races, then I'll think about it.”
After all, making calculations is not easy when there are four riders in fifteen points, and there are still one hundred to be assigned. From this point of view, Mir doesn’t underestimate anyone.
"Many say that my biggest rival is Quartararo, but he’s not the only one,” he warned. “I always look at Dovizioso because, if he finds something he needs to improve, he has the experience to win all the races.”