Joan Mir begins his World Cup

The Spaniard receives the boost he asked for so much from Suzuki thanks to the 'holeshot' and faces the last nine races closer to victory and the lead.

You can't speak of a miracle, but it's perhaps the closest thing you've seen on Suzuki in a long time. The brand that defends the crown in MotoGP, faced 2021 with a clear disadvantage caused by the introduction of the rear holeshot in the rest of the mounts against which it competed and finally, after an endless request by its riders, this device is now a reality. in the GSX-RR which, in addition to meeting expectations, has also allowed the Japanese firm to take a giant leap that finally equals it with other rivals. And best of all, they are not late to fight for a championship in which there are still 225 points at stake to distribute.The break of the holidays marked a before and after for the reality of the brand and also for Joan Mir, who started 'his' World Championship at the Styrian GP. Not because he has not been contesting it until now (in fact he has made regularity his strong point again), but because now he is able to fight with everyone and against everyone as he already demonstrated at the Red Bull Ring. Second on the Austrian track, standing up to the almighty Ducati on that track, he lost victory by a second and a half. The smallest gap to the leader so far this season after the checkered flag has fallen. But the most important thing about that appointment were the feelings: "I feel closer to victory" .

As she made clear just a year ago when she began to put her title on track, Joan is aware that without victories there is no twist and these words show once again that the mentality is still that of a champion. In fact, even at a disadvantage, it has managed to fulfill that role perfectly, suffering with dignity and demanding the necessary resources from the brand at the appropriate times. Which has catapulted him to the third position of a general (he has 121 points) in which he already got the first bite last Sunday. Mir arrived in Austria 55 points behind the leader, Quartararo, and although he faces the second half of the double with 51 against, those 4 points can be vital in a final fight where the antecedents also invite him to dream.They motivate the antecedents

Now the reigning champion has not only recovered those estimated three or four tenths that they lost per lap with respect to their rivals thanks to the improvement in terms of acceleration. With this progression, motivation has also been reinforced and of the nine appointments that remain to be held, in a percentage slightly higher than half (because there is a double at the Ricardo Tormo and there he has achieved his only victory to date in MotoGP), has ballots to reap good results. The second half of the season has always been his strong point, in fact in 2020 he added six of the seven podiums with which he finished the course, and also, in Red Bull Ring, MotorLand, Misano and Cheste, he also knows what it is to get on the drawer. Something of which his greatest rival for the crown was incapable just a year ago.

The pressure destroyed Quartararo during 2020 at the least opportune moment, and although knowing how to deal with it as Mir has done so far is also a necessity, it is true that the Balearic Islands currently have a very solid leader in front of him who keeps little of that Fabio who was condemned by the desire. In terms of ambition they may be even, but the title of champion is a very precious value that Joan wants to defend at all costs and the help from the factory has arrived when they can still fight. From now on the Suzuki are one more on the grid and on equal terms, it will be the small details that make the difference. And in that, the Spanish does have some advantage.

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