MotoGP, Mir admits that fear of Covid kept him shut up at home, and at Valencia it will be the same

“After Aragon I had the utmost attention: the problem is that you don't know what to do with the virus. If I remain in Valencia I will have to stay four days closed in a camper without going out, mentally it will be tough "

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On the one hand there are the rivals, on the other the pandemic. Joan Mir might come to Valencia as the leader of the World Championship, but he does not intend to let his guard down, neither outside, much less inside the track. The Spaniard, especially after what happened to Valentino Rossi who was forced to miss the double race at Aragon, knows full well that Covid-19 is no joke and therefore you need to have the utmost attention at all times of the day.

“After the Aragon race I was locked up at home - he began - I never went to a restaurant, nor did I see friends and relatives. I have not had any kind of contact with other people, except with my motocross bike to train. It has been a very particular two weeks, since you have to pay attention to the slightest behaviour due to the virus. Usually when you come home after a race you do it to find serenity and calm, too bad this time it wasn't like that, since I have always missed these things ”.

All the other riders are in the same situation as Mir…

“This is a really complicated situation, also because at the moment I don't know if I'll be going home on Sunday evening. I might even stay here, but I would have to stay locked inside the camper, obviously without being able to get out of a very confined space. Mentally it is tough”.

Better then to try and talk about the race weekend with the rain on its way...

“At Le Mans it did not go in the right direction, but that GP was useful to clear my mind. In fact, in France I managed to find a good rhythm in the second half of the race, so much so that my pace was close to that of the best. Should it rain also in Valencia, I am convinced that I have the potential it takes to have a good race ”.

Mir then indicated the path to follow…

"For sure my weekend goal is to find consistency right away and try to be in the top ten in every session, since it's essential especially in case of rain. At the moment the weather forecast sees an improvement for the weekend, but we'll see what happens ”.

The focus then shifted to the fight for the title, which also sees Rins as one of the contenders…

“I'm leading the World Championship, but I just have to think one race at a time. At the moment Alex is also fighting for the title and I don't think he's in a position to help me or play team games. In case Rins is no longer there, some dynamics could probably change, but I don't think about that. There is great respect between us and the only thing Suzuki has asked of us is to behave as we are doing now, that is, respecting each other ".

 

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