2020 MotoGP champion Mir says re-signing with Suzuki is now his ‘priority’
The Spaniard made his MotoGP debut with Suzuki in 2019 and handed the Japanese manufacturer its first world title in 20 years when it stormed the 2020 championship.
But the 2021 season proved difficult for Mir, as a lack of development for the GSX-RR meant he could only finish third in the standings and was unable to add to his tally of a race win at from 2022.
Suzuki’s 2021 year has also been hampered by the loss of team boss Davide Brivio to Alpine in Formula 1, with the team opting not to hire a direct replacement for the year.
With her current contract ending in 2022, Mir wanted to see how much progress Suzuki was making with her new bike during testing and what she would do with regards to hiring a new crew chief.
But after a strong pre-season and the signing of former Honda chief Livio Suppo as team manager for 2022, Mir told Autosport exclusively his “priority” is to stay with Suzuki now.
Joan Mir, Suzuki MotoGP Team
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“As I said in pre-season, I wanted to see how the new bike was going and what was going on with the team manager before thinking about the renewal,” Mir said.
“I see that Suzuki has made a big effort to meet our demands and therefore my priority will be to renew.
“My representative will meet Livio and [project leader Shinichi] Sahara to negotiate the details.
Mir had been linked with a move to Honda over the winter, but denied rumors of a possible Suzuki departure.
“These rumors are totally false,” he added.
“I haven’t received any offers because we haven’t negotiated with anyone.
“I asked [Suzuki] for an evolution of the bike and the hiring of a team manager, and the brand responded to my requests.
“That’s why I’m going to prioritize it, although that doesn’t mean nothing is closed.
“I’m not in a rush and I’m not worried about my future, because I’m very confident in my potential. I’m sure I’ll have a good team in 2023.”