The 2020 world champion was compelled to search for a brand new journey for this season after Suzuki declared it could be quitting MotoGP on the finish of 2022, with Mir finally signing a two-year deal to affix the manufacturing facility Honda squad.
The pre-season testing part has not been simple for Honda, with eight-time world champion Marc Marquez admitting after the Portugal check final weekend that the 2023 RC213V is barely able to preventing for between fifth and 10th place.
Mir – who was the highest Honda rider on the finish of the Portugal check in 13th – has had a equally tough time this winter adapting to the bike, noting: “About memorising the whole lot, it’s been a nightmare as a result of we’ve to do a variety of issues with the entrance system.
“Then [you select] the impartial, which isn’t the traditional impartial of a avenue bike, then cease, launch management down, verify the whole lot is on level, then begin.
“It’s arduous as a result of with the Suzuki all of this stuff are another way. To alter the whole lot is tough.
Joan Mir, Repsol Honda Staff
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“However it’s a matter of time. If you happen to repeat it within the fifth race of the season, I’ll do it routinely.”
Mir has not launched into his journey with Honda alone, as former Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins has joined LCR.
However extra crucially for the Spaniard, Suzuki’s former technical chief Ken Kawauchi has additionally been employed by Honda to spearhead growth of the RC213V.
Kawauchi’s arrival at Honda is “one thing nice”, in line with Mir.
“To see Ken-san within the field offers me confidence,” he mentioned.
“We did unbelievable outcomes collectively [at Suzuki], and to have him onboard on this course of is one thing nice. I’m grateful for dwelling it with him. I believe he can do a great job as he did in Suzuki.
“However we’d like a little bit of time, each of us, to grasp the whole lot, to know all of the individuals. I believe we’re on the way in which.”