Mir has been crucial of the dearth of progress Suzuki has made with its 2021 challenger in comparison with the bike he received the championship on final yr, noting after the Dutch TT final month that his current package was “not enough” to defend his title with.
Scoring simply three podiums from the primary 9 races – all of them third-places – Mir is 55 factors adrift of championship chief Fabio Quartararo going into the second half of the season.
Improvement on engines for all however Aprilia (as a result of it’s a concession workforce) and KTM (which misplaced its concessions beneath a COVID-forced growth freeze in 2020) was frozen over the winter, that means Suzuki hasn’t been in a position to radically overhaul its GSX-RR for 2021.
However Mir doesn’t consider the event freeze has something to do with Suzuki’s present droop and thinks the marque has been caught out by the progress the likes of Yamaha, Ducati and Aprilia has revamped the winter.
“Properly, I believe the frozen evolution doesn’t assist us but it surely doesn’t make it worse as a result of it’s true that if the evolution wasn’t froze, we may enhance the engine,” he stated in an unique interview with Autosport.
“However the others may enhance it [too].
“So, I believe that it’s extra that they [Suzuki] didn’t discover a large step to make the bike higher this winter.
“I believe that is the actual downside. Usually, the philosophy of Suzuki is a philosophy I share, as a result of they usually don’t deliver new bikes.
“Within the pre-season assessments, you see Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, additionally Aprilia, KTM with totally different bikes.
“And Suzuki usually by no means brings a brand new bike.
“They create a brand new chassis, a brand new swingarm, engine, step-by-step and progressively attempt to make a step on the bike.
“So, usually this works however it’s important to deliver some issues.
“Additionally, I’ve to say I didn’t count on such a giant enchancment from the opposite producers.
“I didn’t count on it. Most likely Suzuki additionally. This makes it in all probability a bit harder.”
Joan Mir, Staff Suzuki MotoGP
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Mir additionally batted away recommendations workforce supervisor Davide Brivio’s exit pre-season has contributed to Suzuki’s tough season.
The world champion is pinning his title hopes on the introduction of the rear trip top adjuster – which the Suzuki is the one bike to not have it – within the second half of the season, however has been buoyed by the development KTM was in a position to make from the Italian GP when it launched a comparatively small replace within the type of a brand new chassis.
“We noticed at KTM it’s a giant increase as a result of it reveals that with the identical effort that [Miguel] Oliveira and [Brad] Binder had been doing [at the start of the year], now they’re combating to win races,” he added.
“It’s a little bit bit what we miss. We additionally begin with a drawback, which is everybody began with a holeshot gadget and we don’t have this gadget.
“So, this for the acceleration in the intervening time we’re in a drawback.
“Let’s see as soon as we’re all with the identical stuff after which Suzuki begins to deliver new issues to be sooner, let’s see the place we will likely be. I believe [with] that we’ll be robust.”