US News Joan Mir new MotoGP championship leader: "Just keep going"

23:05  18 october  2020
23:05  18 october  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Joan Mir is Suzuki's first world championship leader in 20 years, but doesn't want to be distracted by looking at the points - not entirely happy with his Aragon race.

During teammate Alex Rins won the Aragon Grand Prix on Sunday and thus secured the first MotoGP win of the 2020 season for Suzuki, after finishing third in the race, Joan Mir is the first Suzuki rider in 20 years to win the overall ranking of the premier motorcycle class - World Cup leads.

In the 2000 500cc season - two years before the MotoGP era began - Kenny Roberts Jr. won the world title for Suzuki. Now it is Joan Mir who, according to the current state of affairs, has the best chances of winning the World Championship MotoGP Overall Ranking 2020 . But there are still four races left in the extremely entertaining season MotoGP calendar 2020 .

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Mir also knows that the tide can still turn: "It's true that we are very consistent. And that is probably the most difficult thing this season. When a bike works perfectly, it is certainly easier to always finish on the podium . What is important this season: That you get good results even when you have problems. I think I have done quite well in the races so far. But I'm not looking at the World Cup very well. I just go racing for races. "

Kenny Roberts Jun. © Provided by motorsport.com Kenny Roberts Jun.

Kenny Roberts Jr. drove the Suzuki RGV500 to the 500cc title in 2000

Photo: LAT

I'm still waiting for his first MotoGP victory. But with five podiums in the seven races back since Spielberg 1, the 2017 Moto3 world champion is the most consistent driver. Now that he has taken the championship lead for the first time in his second MotoGP season, he is six points ahead of three-time season winner Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha).

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 Third self-inflicted fall in a row: Valentino Rossi retires from the French Grand Prix shortly after the start and slips to 13th position in the World Championship Yamaha driver Valentino Rossi had great expectations at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans. The course is one of the Italian's parade routes and is also the Yamaha M1. But this year the race for the old master was already over after a few hundred meters to race report .

"I definitely won't change my approach to the races," says Mir. "I'll just go on like this and try to take as many points as possible with me in every single race and also to win. At the end of the day, we'll look at the world championship stand. Then we'll see where we stand."

"I think so," continued Mir, "that we can defend the lead we currently have. As I said, I believe that I am the most consistent driver this season. As far as the World Championship is concerned, we will take a look at the stand at the last two races and then make a plan. "

Alex Marquez, Alex Rins, Joan Mir © Provided by motorsport.com Alex Marquez, Alex Rins, Joan Mir

Mir finished the Aragon GP behind Alex Rins and Alex Marquez on P3

Photo: GP-Fever.de

With his drive to third place at the Aragon- Grand Prix, however, the new World Championship leader is not entirely satisfied: "To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed with the race itself. I had calculated a little more for the final phase because I had the [soft] rear tire in the first half of the Actually well spared during the race. "

"Then I got problems with the left flank of the tire because it was warmer than expected," reports Mir and concludes: "In the end, we just didn't manage this tire well enough in these conditions. Today wasn't mine Day, but I'm still happy that it was enough for a podium. "

With images from Motorsport Images.

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