Joan Mir could have taken advantage of it but, instead, he finished in twelfth place in the Aragon qualification. The Suzuki rider will be starting from the fourth row, preceded by Marquez and Lecuona. Obviously, the Spanish rider would prefer not to give up since, last Sunday, Rins and Alex Marquez reached the podium starting from the rear.
“I’m disappointed with how my qualifying went,” Joan said. “I could certainly do better. Instead, I’ll have to start from behind. Unfortunately, with the soft tire, I couldn’t find the feelings I wanted and, consequently, I struggled. I also made some small mistakes that compromised my performance.”
But the Spanish rider’s morale is high.
“I’m not down, since I have my pace. If I didn’t have my pace, I’d be worried, but I’m better with my pace than last week. I’ll be starting twelfth with several Ducatis behind me that’ll be angry, but I have to try to think only of myself. Last Sunday, Marquez and Rins arrived on the podium starting from behind, and I’ll have to do the same.”
So Mir has very clear ideas on how to behave.
“My goal is to have a good race and try to get on the podium, obviously trying to win if there’s a chance. Taka and Rins are fast and can, therefore, aim for an important result. At the start, it’ll be essential to be intelligent, since I’ll find riders in front of me who don’t have the race pace to win. It’s exactly for this reason that I’ll have to overtake them without wasting so much time. During this weekend, we worked hard to avoid any problems on the front, and I’m confident.”