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Entertainment Joan Mir: "Suzuki in no area exceptional, but balanced"

15:18  30 september  2020
15:18  30 september  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Joan Mir insists that he longer sees himself as Suzuki 's number two rider after completing his rookie MotoGP season last year. Mir had been targeted by Ducati during the winter, but ultimately stayed committed to Suzuki , with his existing deal with the Hamamatsu marque expiring after 2020.

Joan Mir reckons that a substantial improvement to either Suzuki 's qualifying pace or its top speed can make it a victory contender in all the MotoGP races in 2020. This for sure is an area that we have to improve," said Mir . "On the engine, a bit more top speed, to be a bit closer to the Ducatis and Hondas.

Zum ersten Mal seit 13 Jahren waren zwei Suzuki-Fahrer auf dem Podest © Motorsport Images For the first time in 13 years two Suzuki drivers were on the podium

With four podiums in the past five races, Joan Mir has made it to a World Championship -Candidates developed. While the faces alternated on the podium, the Suzuki driver was the only constant lately.

Spielberg, Misano and Barcelona are three different tracks. Nevertheless, the GSX-RR was very competitive under various conditions, especially in the race. "Our motorcycle is very balanced," says Mir about his work equipment.

"It's not particularly good in one area, but overall the balance is very good. It reacts very predictably. We also know that the level is more or less good on every track."

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MotoGP 2019 debutant Joan Mir says he signed with Suzuki over Honda because the former demonstrated it wanted him more. Asked why he picked Suzuki over Honda ahead of the Barcelona round, Mir confirmed that the Hamamatsu marque had made a more substantial offer.

According to Mir, this is a significant step forward over the past year: "That was not the case last year. The consistency is much better. That means that the motorcycle works better." Suzuki had worked on details over the winter.

special test driver Sylvain Guintoli tried out a new engine and a new chassis. There were refinements without changing the fundamentally good character of the Suzuki. "Yamaha and Suzuki are very similar," says Mir.

He compares: "The KTM riders take completely different lines. They brake a little later. It's more like the Ducati. Everyone has their own problems, of course, but I think we have a very balanced motorcycle."

The successful run is not only reflected in the drivers' standings. After their first double podium in 13 years, Suzuki is in second place in the team standings. In the manufacturers' championship, Suzuki is third behind Yamaha and Ducati.

test in Portimao: MotoGP regular riders with superbikes on the track .
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