Joan Mir won his first MotoGP podium on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring after two seasons at the Ecstar Suzuki Team after a turbulent 2-part race in which Andrea Dovizioso won after announcing he would not drive for Ducati in 2021.
Joan Mir is a Spanish rider from Palma, born on September 1st in 1997. He competed for two seasons in the Red Bull Moto GP Rookies Cup in 2013 and 2014, finishing as runner-up [three wins] to Jorge Martín in 2014, who would became his biggest rival again in Moto3.
Mir contested the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2015. Mir has won four of the first six races, but faded towards the end of the season, and ultimately finished fourth in the championship.
In 2016 Mir competed full-time in the Moto3 World Championship with Leopard Racing, partnering Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Locatelli. He finished the championship in 5th position as rookie of the year, scoring 144 points [one victory, one second place, one third place] = 3 podiums.
Joan Mir remained for a second season in 2017 with Leopard Team and completely dominated the class, taking 10 wins and finishing more than 90 points ahead of his rivals Romano Fenati, Aaron Canet and Jorge Martin. He was also the first rider to win ten races in a year in the lighweight (Moto3) category since Marc Marquez in 2010.
After becoming a World Champion in 2017, Mir moved to Moto2 category with one of the strongest teams Marc VDS Racing where he achieved four podiums on his rookie [only] year in the Moto2.
Maybe he could have won but after only a few races he got an offer from the Ecstar Suzuki MotoGP Team and after that it seemed like he didn’t want to take too much risk in Moto2 to take a victory.
Joan Mir came into the MotoGP category as one of the representatives of a new generation of riders whose task and goal is to break the dominance of Marc Marquez.
During his rookie season , Suzuki was a bike that still needs to be improved. Although Rins achieved two victories [and only one more podium] last season, it was clear that the bike lacked a little power. Joan Mir’s best result was fifth place in Australia.
Maybe Joan would have achieved better results in the last part of 2019 if he had not been injured after the test in Brno, where he hit the airfence at a speed of almost 300 km / h, which in our opinion could affect his next races in 2019.
This season, the Spaniard has shown flashes of potential already in pre-season testing and the opening rounds this year but has lacked consistency with disappointing qualifying performances and two crashes in three races holding him back.
However, sixth in qualifying in Austrian GP last Sunday gave him a fighting shot during the first portion of the race and was running third when it was red flagged, giving him a front row start for the second getaway.
A big result for Mir in only his second season of MotoGP, he says it shows just how important qualifying is to coming good on his evident race pace.
Joan Mir after the race at Red Bull Ring:
“The bike works really well here, FP1 felt good here in Austria and when you start with a good base then it is easier to approach a little bit the weekend. Happy about the race, it was a hard one fighting with these guys, it’s difficult in sectors 1 and 2 but then our bike is competitive, so this is a good podium for me.
“[Improving the qualifying] made the difference this weekend then the start was good, these are my weak points. Normally we have good race pace but where we struggle it is then difficult to recover positions.
“The incident in the first race, it’s not easy to put the helmet on again but it is the same for everybody. We are happy that no-one is seriously injured.”
“I am so happy we finally get to the podium, because the pace ih there for a long time but we lacked a bit of luck and performance in the Qualifying sessions”
Joan Mir has now 11 victories and 21 podiums in all classes (Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP).