Mir, Disastrous qualifying in Indonesia: “Risk of crashing at every corner” – News

The speed shown by the Suzuki in free practice for the Qatar GP let us imagine that the GSX-RR would be among the protagonists of this new season. On the eve of the second race of the year, however, the new vintage seems to promise far less satisfaction than expected.

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Mir: “We struggle a lot. We don’t have a good balance.”


“It was a really, really, difficult day for us. We couldn’t find a good set-up and one that I felt a little more comfortable with, I drive really, really, to the limitcomments the Spaniard, tracing the balance of a troubled Q1, which saw him protagonist of a small crash in his second flying lap. “We are not strong. We struggle a lot. If we have to keep trying things to improve, it’s difficult “.

But what’s going so wrong in Mandalika? First, the balance of the GSX-RR.

“I almost crashed at every corner. So, it’s a difficult situation. Risk of falling almost everywhere, because we do not have a good balance, at the moment and this is making everything very complicated. In addition, to adapt to the problem, we have to drive in a way that is not optimal and that causes more trouble. But this is…” explains Mir.

“We have to do a good job this afternoon to try to understand what the main problem is. We know that we haven’t been able to do many laps, that we haven’t created a good base on this track – the Majorcan continues -. Probably now, with these tires, my driving style and our set-up are not helping at all and the situation is really difficult “.

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“If we don’t improve, it will be difficult not to make mistakes in the race”


The combination of the rubber specially designed by Michelin for the Mandalika track and the almost unknown track is putting a strain on Joan who, in view of the race, he hopes for a half miracle from his technicians.

“I don’t know if it’s the new carcass, or the track with the new carcass. In Qatar I kept complaining about the grip and with these tires we have even less grip, at the exit and entry of each corner. I find myself in a situation where I cannot enter the corners with the right speed. So, I have to use the front more and I take these big risks, which we saw today – explains -. We are a bit unbalanced. We have to find a way. “

“I have a great team behind me and I am confident that they will be able to try and prepare a good bike for the race. I don’t know what we should expect, but I know it will be difficult not to make any mistakes in the race if we don’t improve. “ concludes the Majorcan, who could face an all-defensive GP tomorrow.

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