After obtaining and celebrating the world title in Valencia just 5 days ago, Joan Mir and Suzuki seem to have already set aside the joy of the first world championship win in the riders' classification in 20 years to focus on the last GP of the year taking place at Portimao. Joan ended his Friday in 6th place, 3 tenths behind the Ducati of Zarco, the best rider of the day.
“In these days I have received many messages of congratulations and all this affection made me really happy. Now, however, there is a race to do and we must forget everything that happened because in MotoGP, if you are not at 100%, you go slow. The only difference compared to last weekend is that I have a different pressure, I am freer and I am concentrating only on riding. Now my goal is to give Suzuki the constructors' title and to do that I will have to have a great weekend ”.
Suzuki is fighting for the Constructors' title and after winning the riders' and teams' titles, it can win the Triple Crown. Ducati is on par with the Hamamatsu manufacturer but, in any case, the GSX-RR looks as if it is the benchmark bike this year. What else can be improved?
“For sure it would be important to have more power, Rabat always tells me that he makes up some ground on the straight. Our bike is very good but we also need to work on the chassis to have more grip ”.
MotoGP is back in Portugal, on the Portimao track. What sensations did this track give you?
"It's really incredible, today I really enjoyed myself and in some circumstances I even took my foot off the footpegs to balance with my weight. We worked a lot on the electronics because there is work to be done from this point of view. Here it is very important to be able to have the front always on the ground, we are trying to improve. "