Joan Mir: Valentino Rossi as a teacher and no fear of Marc Marquez (who is the strongest)

The Majorcan from Suzuki will share the garage next year with Marc Marquez, at least according to the many voices in the paddock, but he is not in awe. “He is the strongest and has devoured all his teammates, but he does not intimidate me”

TOlex Rins said he cried when he learned that Suzuki wanted to leave MotoGP. His teammate Joan Mir, on the other hand, may not have smiled, but he certainly found himself with a few less thoughts, since until a few weeks ago he was very torn between the hypothesis of renewal with Team Ecstar and the prospect of end up in the Repsol Team, with Honda and alongside Marc Marquez. The 2020 world champion grew up with the legend of Valentino Rossi (if I ride a motorcycle it is because Valentino made me fall in love with this sport – he declared in a recent interview) and has never had an idyllic relationship with Marc Marquez. Both aggressive, both Spaniards, hungry for the same thing: victory. Also in the past between the phenomenon of Cervera and the boy from Mallorca there has been some question and answer at a distance, even on the famous events of 2015, and Joan Mir, now, has the opportunity to play even with the eight times World Champion.

And‘known, in fact, that Suzuki’s exit practically put him automatically on the seat of the RC213V to share the garage with Marquez in 2023 and, even if Mir at the moment is not unbalanced and does not intend to formalize anything, his words at Le Mans were very clear: “Would it intimidate me to be Marquez’s teammate? Of course he would not intimidate me, although I am aware that it would be very difficult – said the Majorcan – I say this because he devoured all those who dared to share the garage with him. Let’s see, it’s clear to me that Marc is certainly the best in history, but being Marc’s teammate wouldn’t intimidate me ”.

Ua statement, that of Mir, which could already sound defiant and which seems to confirm what practically everyone is saying by now in the paddock: next year the former world champion will be a Honda rider. With all due respect to Pol Espargarò who, on the other hand, risks leaving the MotoGP scene for good. First, however, there is a world championship to play, with Joan Mir who is convinced that he can still have a say in him, even now that Suzuki has announced his farewell to the world championship for next year.

“I do not miss anything when it comes to overtaking, what is true is that it is becoming more and more difficult for everyone more – concluded Mir – Before the tire wear, the wheelie … all this was managed more, now you accelerate that’s all but we have a good bike and we can do well. I am struggling to win and I have to learn to overcome difficult times. I didn’t win last season and it didn’t even happen in the six races we did this year, but I did some good races, I fought for the positions that matter in the World Championship … In other words, I think I’m doing Well. That could be better, yes, I agree, but it could also be worse ”.


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