Mir: "We are not equal because we lack the 'holeshot"

Suzuki continues only with the front assist system at the start and hopes that for the second from Austria the rear that can be used during the lap will arrive.


After his ninth place at the Sachsenring, where he started 16th, Joan Mir arrives at the Assen appointment fifth overall, 46 points behind Fabio Quartararo. The champion currently has 85 points after the first eight races, which is an average of 10.6 points per race. Last year at this point in the championship he had 100 (12.5 per event) and was only 8 behind Quartararo, although then there were six races ahead (150 points at stake) and now a whopping ten (250 points still to be distributed). For Mir, Suzuki runs this year at a disadvantage due to having only the front holeshot and not the rear as the rest of the factories, the same that they can use dynamically during the lap and not only at the start, although his teammate Rins says he hopes that arrives for the second race in Austria, the one on August 15th.

-What do you expect from Assen?

-Do not create expectations of how the weekend can go because I really do not know. It is a circuit that I like, in which the first time I was quite good, in which my teammate also. From here we will try to work and get the best feelings we can find and see if the package we have gives us to really be where we want.

-The last time he was here he was a rookie and he was eighth. Two years later, what do you think are the main challenges on this circuit?

-It is true that in my rookie year I was able to do a good result, I was able to lead a MotoGP race for the first time and it was something special, I have good memories of that. I'm happy driving on this circuit, it's a nice, fast place. It's going to be fun. I don't know what to expect this time, because at Sachsenring it should have gone well and I didn't find the good feeling on the bike, it wasn't competitive. I'll try to have a good career here and go on vacation with the job done.

-They have resurfaced the circuit, I don't know how much that is going to change, and they have four different tires, two hard ones, and it looks like the weather will be warm enough to use them, so it looks like they have a more normal tire allocation . Does this make it easier?

-Yes, working with compounds that normally fit almost all circuits is important. It's going back to normal things, which we tend to be strong with, so it's a good thing to start with, it's positive. It should be good, although it remains to be seen how these tires perform on the new tarmac, because we don't know. They usually fit quite well with all circuits and this is not a very demanding one on tires.

-Says it doesn't come with high expectations. This year things have changed, we have seen that the Ducati did well in Jerez, last week we saw how one Yamaha was doing well and how the others suffered. And everyone expected you and Alex to do well in Germany, and here too. How difficult is it to get to a place where you hope to do well and not be?

-One thing MotoGP has taught me is that expectations do not work for this sport, because last year I arrived in Austria from a very bad weekend in Brno, a circuit that was normally very good for Suzuki, thinking of surviving, and I got my first podium and could win the second race. So I don't want to set my expectations. Yes, this circuit should be good, but now the Ducati turn, the KTM is super strong, the Aprilia too. So we will see where we are, we will give one hundred percent and we will see if this package allows us to fight for victory.

-But does this make it more difficult?

-Better not create expectations ...

-Seeing how the electronics are, the level it has, in addition to being unique and making few differences, and with the aerodynamics and with the rear holeshot device, do you think that all this is leaving a lesser capacity for the rider to mark the differences?

-The point is that these are all improvements. It is more difficult to be on an equal footing with others if you do not carry those things. The bike we ride is the same as last year, a bike that allowed us to win the World Championship, allowed us to fight for the podium in each race, for victories, and now everyone else has improved, they all have the holeshot too and we we are the only ones who do not carry it. That means that we are not on an equal footing, for the moment. In this world there are riders and motorcycles, so if you work but the bike doesn't accompany you anyway, it is very difficult to make a difference. This is so, and surely in F1 it is even more so.

-It has been confirmed that there will be eight Ducati on the grid. How do you see this? Do you think that for the championship it is good that there is a factory with eight motorcycles and others, like yours or Aprilia, that only have two?

-It is difficult to comment on this, because I have not decided. It is true that the Ducati is being a very competitive motorcycle and it will surely be easier to achieve this by having more bikes. They have found a situation in which they have eight bikes and this benefits them a lot because they have a lot of information, it seems like a single make, and there are so many riders that you have more than one partner. All this makes you improve. I do not know the situation of Aprilia, nor that of Suzuki, but if they have decided not to have more bikes, they will have a reason. It is easy to give an opinion from the outside but I don't really know what happens inside.

-At times when things are not going as well as they would like, do you miss a figure like Brivio?

-The truth is that I am satisfied with how we are, I fully trust Sahara, if he believes that it is not needed, he will have to be believed. Nor does it mean that because we do not have the very competitive touch that we had last year, the reason is because Davide has left ... I do not consider it to be like that at all, things will come from the other side.

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