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Mir “not apprehensive” by winless begin to MotoGP title defence

Mir turned the primary world champion to start his title defence season with no podium since Nicky Hayden in 2007 when he was cruelly robbed of second on the run to the road within the Qatar Grand Prix by Johann Zarco and Francesco Bagnaia.

The Suzuki rider lastly made it to the podium in third in Portugal, however may solely observe that up with fifth in final weekend’s Spanish GP at Jerez.

Regardless of this, Mir is barely 17 factors off championship chief Bagnaia in fourth within the standings and believes he’s taking the utmost outcomes on supply at current.

“I am not apprehensive in regards to the title in any respect, as a result of I am not trying on the total [points],” Mir mentioned.

“Now I am giving 100% in each race, getting most factors each Sunday, we’re seeing riders stronger than us.

“I used to be anticipating a begin of the season like this, much more troublesome.

“Final yr I used to be capable of win the world championship and I used to be loads slower right here in Jerez, it value me much more.

“In Qatar I fought for the rostrum, in Portimao we have been on the rostrum, I believe I am having a great season… what is anticipated of us, to win every thing?

“I believe we’re doing nicely, the objective is to provide 100% in each race and on this one the utmost was to be fifth.”

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Mir says his Jerez race was compromised by the Suzuki’s lack of prime velocity which means he struggled to interrupt “the wall” of sooner riders forward underneath braking.

“Effectively, right here in Jerez what occurred is I believe it occurred to everybody of us, however in all probability with the Yamaha and Suzuki occurs extra as a result of we in all probability don’t have the ability to overhaul,” he defined.

“Then to cease the bike behind the opposite ones, it’s like they’re a wall.

“Being half a second behind some riders, there’s a wall the place you may’t cease the bike, you overheat the entrance after which it’s like you may have extra however you may’t [use it].

“It’s a bit irritating nevertheless it’s not the primary time right here in Jerez that this occurred, particularly with the new temperatures, you see extra of those issues.

“I believe I’m not the one one with this drawback.

“I believe now we have to enhance the qualifying as a result of I’m 100% positive that if I’ve no one in entrance of me, I may enhance my time per lap much more.

“So, I believe Jack [Miller] in all probability didn’t have a greater tempo than us. He beat us by being tremendous good.”

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