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Mir compelled into onerous overtake on Marquez in Portugal MotoGP

The reigning world champion made slight contact with the returning Marquez on the Flip 11 Portimao right-hander on the opening lap of Sunday’s race as he made a move for third.

The pair got here to blows once more a lap later at Flip three when Marquez clipped the rear of Mir, although each stayed mounted.

This got here a day after Mir was left sad by what he felt was “dangerous” tactics from the Honda rider in qualifying, marking the primary little bit of controversy between the reigning champion and the rider he dethroned.

Mir, who went on to complete third, says he must be “aggressive” beginning to date again “if we wish to struggle for the championship”.

Requested by Autosport if the onerous cross was a bit of little bit of payback after qualifying, Mir stated: “Within the first lap it’s true we had the second there [at Turn 11].

“I wished to overhaul after which he closed the road after which it was too late for me. Then we each touched.

“It’s true that I felt a success within the subsequent lap and I didn’t know that was Marc. So now I perceive it was Marc.

“To start out in ninth place means this [overtake happens]. If I used to be not capable of make a lap time in qualifying, I’ve to do these begins.

“It’s like this. If we wish to struggle for the championship and we [don’t] begin within the first row now we have to be aggressive. I choose to start out within the first row.”

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Joan Mir, Staff Suzuki MotoGP

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Third marks Mir’s first podium of his title defence after a fourth and seventh within the opening Qatar rounds, the Suzuki rider now 23 factors adrift of chief and Portugal race winner Fabio Quartararo in sixth within the standings.

Mir, who battled a entrance tyre situation within the race, admits he’s “a bit of bit” relieved to get his first podium of the yr.

“The sensation is nice, it’s superb to take the primary podium of the season,” he added.

“We carried out fairly good, we simply had a little bit of hassle with the entrance within the center a part of the race.

“So, now we have to work on it however it’s necessary that we’re on the rostrum. So, I’m happy.

“I imply in Qatar we carried out properly, we simply had that hassle on the straight.

“However for me we’re doing an awesome begin to the season, we’re there in prime 5 scoring factors.

“It’s true the Yamaha guys are performing unbelievably, and likewise the Ducati have made an unbelievable step.

“However we’re there. Most likely we don’t have the identical velocity as them, however in all probability now we have different issues which might be optimistic.

“It’s necessary to be as shut as we are able to to these guys within the first a part of the championship, after which from then on to proceed doing our championship.”

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