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MotoGP, Mir: "Whoever leaves Honda does worse than when they come in"

Joan reflects on the difficult moment for the Tokyo-based manufacturer and its future: "This bike is a lot worse than last year's and I've been riding faster and I see that the limitation is not me. We will have options, probably not the ones I would like."

MotoGP: Mir:

Two crashes and zero points was the balance of the Round at Le Mans for Joan Mir. Another difficult event for Honda, which on the Bugatti circuit managed to put together a total haul of only six points, thanks to the results obtained by LCR riders Johann Zarco and Takaaki Nakagami. A tangible sign of the limits shown by the RC213V in this 2024, in which the Japanese manufacturer is failing to turn around its fortunes, despite having rolled up its sleeves as it had perhaps never done before. Having rejected the new prototype tested by the factory riders in the Monday test after the GP in Jerez, the Japanese manufacturer in fact immediately went in search of new solutions in last Wednesday's test at Mugello. While Mir is aware of the great efforts made by Honda, he fears that it will still take time to make concrete steps forward, as he explained at the end of the French weekend.

"We have the same bike we started the season with, we can't ask for different results. We are suffering in specific areas. Every time I enter the box I complain about the same things," were the words of the Majorcan, reported by our colleagues at Motorsport.com. "In the test in Jerez they understood the path we showed them and now we have to wait for them to bring us something in that direction, but I don't know how long it will take to start seeing changes. This is the reality."

The 26-year-old is obviously hoping that Honda's reaction will be able to make a marked improvement to the RC213V quickly, not least because he doesn't know how much longer he will be able to hold out in the current situation. "I have no idea how long my body can take this," he admitted, “I thought I wasn't going to make it this far, and here I am. I'm trying to do my job as best I can, trying to be in front of everyone, trying to do good races, but you can't expect miracles."

With his contract with Honda expiring at the end of the season, Joan is also beginning to think about his future and the possibility of leaving the Tokyo-based manufacturer after two disappointing seasons.

"That's the reality and, besides, there is no exception, nobody leaves Honda better than they came in. You have to deal with this situation as best you can and try to see what I feel like doing. That is the issue," commented the 2020 World Champion, speaking about the market. “I am convinced that we will have options, not the ones I would like, probably not, but we will have options. We are still giving gas and I am convinced that with a competitive bike we will be at the front in no time.”

 

Mir moreover is convinced that it is the bike that is the big limitation to his performance.

"I'm calm, last year I would say that this situation was a little bit too much for me and I wasn't performing at the level I could. Now this bike is a lot worse than last year's and I've been riding faster," the Honda rider clarified. "I'm in a better moment, I feel good physically and I see that the limitation is not me. On the contrary, last year I was hesitating and I wasn't performing at the level expected of me.”

Translated by Julian Thomas

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