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Mir: “The first time on a MotoGP, I risked being blown sky high”

“The Suzuki is a bike that doesn’t need special interventions. Marquez? I want to win with all the riders on the track. Being at Motegi with the Hayabusa wouldn’t be bad in the future.”

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Among the constructors participating in the 78th edition of Eicma, there’s also Suzuki with its riders, including Joan Mir. The former world champion got the chance to take a close look at the latest innovations launched on the market by the constructor, while he also chatted with us at GPOne.

We talked about the MotoGP with #36, and much more.

I’ll always remember my first time riding a MotoGP,” Joan said. “I got on the track without the traction control and anti-wheelie system. They did it on purpose to make me understand the differences,” he smiled. What can I say. The power of these bikes is impossible to imagine, because they’re a step ahead compared to a road version.

2021 has certainly not been an easy year for Mir. He never managed to get on the top step of the podium.

When we got the holeshot in mid season, we were able to improve, even though that was only the first version. With the second, we then progressed even further, improving and confirming the engine’s potential at the same time.”

They’re already at work for 2022 at Suzuki.

We haven’t put everything together yet. In fact, we’re still waiting for several components. The Suzuki is a bike that stands out for its simplicity and doesn’t require too many interventions to be competitive.

Remaining on the topic of motorcycles, Mir then reveals his idol to us.

“I admired Pastrana a lot, but I’ll never ride with him. Travis has been a symbol for Suzuki for many years, as we all know.”

Speaking of Suzuki, we asked Mir which bike he’d choose for a road trip, like from the Hamamatsu headquarters to Motegi.

I’d say the Hayabusa. I consider it a very comfortable and fast bike. It could be interesting, maybe in the future.”

Meanwhile, at Suzuki, the team manager topic is taking center stage. We still don’t know who it’ll be, but there will be a new person on the workforce in 2021.

As we all know, there will be a new addition to the team. That person will have to be able to work with the Japanese and establish a relationship of trust with them, in order to contribute to the development of the bike.

And, lastly, he spoke about Marc Marquez’s health problem.

I don’t think it’s easy for a rider to stay home when injured. In this case, with his  eye, I think it’s much more difficult, given that Marc was  back in shape during the last period. What can I say about his health problem. I’d like to win with all the riders on the track.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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