Motorcycles Mir: Marquez’s MotoGP return doesn’t change my motivation
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Ex-Suzuki team manager Davide Brivio has revealed the Japanese marque reached out to him through Facebook to enquire if Valentino Rossi would be interested in joining for its MotoGP comeback. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing Brivio helmed Suzuki’s MotoGP squad from 2013 to 2020, guiding it back to world championship status again last season with Joan Mir, before announcing his departure last week to become Alpine’s racing director in Formula 1.
Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says his motivation has not been altered by the return of six-time premier class title-winner Marc Marquez at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
In, Mir and Suzuki ended his domination of the world championship – though Mir had the legitimacy of his title repeatedly questioned because he won it without Marquez present. These were claims both riders dismissed.
Marquez returned to action after a nine-month layoff on Friday at the Algarve International Circuit and ended the day sixth overall, while Mir was third.
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Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez made his first public press appearance since July last Monday at Honda’s launch event and offered an update on his injury situation. © Honda Racing Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team The Spaniard has been out of action since his aborted comeback attempt at the second round of the 2020 season at Jerez just days after surgery on the arm he broke in the Spanish Grand Prix. A further two surgeries later and Marquez’s arm is finally beginning to show signs of healing, with Marquez taking part in Honda’s 2021 launch event earlier this week.
Mir admits he wasn’t surprised to see Marquez go strongly straightaway as it was “the only thing I expected from him”.
“I was not surprised by Marquez's performance, we know that here the Honda works well and they are all fast,” said Mir. “And the potential that Marc has, that he has reached 100% and can push.
“He clearly knows how to ride a MotoGP bike and it is normal that he is going that fast. I'm not surprised by anything, because of everything he has done, the only thing I expect from him is to be at that level.”
When asked if Marquez’s return in 2021 provided him with extra motivation in his title defence, Mir added: “It doesn't motivate me or stop motivating me, I'm at 100% and with what I have I try to give the maximum. What the others do is their problem, I try to give the maximum and go home satisfied.”
Both Suzuki riders had strong showings on Friday at a venue both endured difficult races at last season, with both Mir and Alex Rins inside the top five following FP2’s qualifying simulation runs.
Mir doesn’t believe the GSX-RR is at an advantage over the rest of the field at the Portimao venue.
“I don't think we have a big advantage at any point, but we are good at everything at this circuit,” Mir explained. “This makes the base of the bike good, I don't know what we are better at than the others.
“But we just put the bike on the track and both riders went fast. The biggest flaw [of the bike] is qualifying and here, so far, it has worked.”
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Reigning teams’ and riders’ world championship-winning marque Suzuki has announced it will remain in MotoGP through to 2026 after signing a new five-year deal with Dorna Sports. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki’s history in grand prix motorcycle racing dates back to 1960 when it made its debut at the Isle of Man TT when the event held world championship status. Over the next 40 years Suzuki won six premier class titles with Barry Sheene (1976-1977), Marco Lucchinelli (1981), Franco Uncini (1982), Kevin Schwantz (1993) and Kenny Roberts Jr. (2000).