The 2020 world champion was one of many strongest riders by way of apply for the Qatar weekend, although tyre issues left him struggling to sixth within the race.
His begin to the Indonesian GP weekend wasn’t as robust, with technical points thwarting him within the afternoon, whereas yellow flags on his closing flying laps on mushy rubber stopped him from advancing on a lowly 20th.
With climate forecasts predicting rain to doubtlessly have an effect on FP3, Mir may very well be locked right into a unstable Q1 qualifying group that features each manufacturing facility Honda riders and Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.
“Truthfully, at this time, FP2 was powerful,” Mir stated. “We had some issues, some mechanical points and likewise some hassle with the entrance brake.
“It was not the most effective FP2. Then with the mushy tyre I used to be not capable of enhance the lap time due to the yellow flags.
“Each time I used to be coming quicker there was one yellow flag on monitor and I needed to decelerate. Nothing optimistic about this FP2. There’s not a lot to say.”
Joan Mir, Crew Suzuki MotoGP
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Mir added that the mechanical points – which he wasn’t capable of clarify – hadn’t cropped up earlier than.
He additionally famous that the alternate rear tyre casing – which is from 2018 and is designed to deal with excessive warmth higher – was making it “troublesome” to get the medium choice to work.
“No, the mechanical points had been various things,” he stated.
“The primary exit was one thing completely different that I can not communicate loads about.
“Concerning the rear medium, it’s troublesome to make that tyre work for us at this time, particularly I used to be not capable of make loads of laps because of these issues.
“So, I believe this tyre is getting higher and higher and you must do laps, and this was not optimistic at this time.
“The optimistic factor at this time was once we put the mushy again in, the sensation got here again even when there are some issues.”
Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins sneaked right into a provisional Q2 place on the finish of FP2, however is at the moment battling sickness.