Joan Mir’s championship victory brought Suzuki back to the top of the world championship. A milestone never reached before in the MotoGP. The Spanish rider showed how fast and intelligent he is in hitting the target, and he’ll be the man to beat next year.
Kevin Schwantz complimented him in an interview with motogp.com.
“Joan did a good job, and I think the maturity he showed during the season made him win the championship,” said the champion from Texas. “There would have been many rivals. Yamaha had problems with the engine, Marquez was injured, like Rins, but that’s how races are. You have to be the smartest every weekend, you have to get points and, if in the end, you have more than everyone else, you win. It was a strange year with Covid and without fans. There were two races on the same circuit but, for Joan, the situation was the same, and he scored more points.”
Schwantz also warned that difficult times are on their way.
“Putting the number one on your bike was burdensome enough. From what I know, it gets harder. You’re the rider that everyone wants to beat,” he continued. “I talked to Wayne Rainey about it, and he told me that the hardest thing is to win a title, but it’s even harder to do it three or four times. Everything has changed. Joan Mir is the world champion, and everyone will want to beat him, he’ll be under pressure."