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The Spaniard’s title defence final yr proved tough, as a scarcity of improvement on the GSX-RR meant he may do no higher than third within the standings and failed so as to add to his victory tally.
Whereas Mir is but to attain a podium in 2022 whereas teammate Alex Rins has two – together with final weekend at COTA, which was Suzuki’s 500th in grand prix racing – he has completed each race up to now inside the highest six and is simply 15 factors from the championship lead in fourth.
Having struggled with rear grip in Qatar, Mir feels Suzuki has been on an upward trajectory since then and believes it’s beginning to make “much less to extra” races – the place it comes on robust within the closing laps as a consequence of higher tyre administration – prefer it did in 2020 when he received the title.
“I believe in Europe, we are going to make that click on that we’re lacking in the meanwhile,” Mir mentioned at COTA after ending fourth. “In Argentina we did a extremely good race, in Mandalika additionally within the moist.
“In Qatar we noticed that we missed one thing, however the reality is from Qatar to now I’ve began to really feel so much higher. We’re beginning to make races like in 2020, from much less to extra and making an attempt to offer the 100% of the potential of our bike.
“So, let’s proceed like that. I believe that this yr if we’re centered and we’re capable of make that subsequent click on with this bike that I believe we are able to do it, we are going to battle once more for a great place on the finish of the season for positive.”
Alex Rins, Crew Suzuki MotoGP, Joan Mir, Crew Suzuki MotoGP
Photograph by: MotoGP
Commenting on his COTA race, Mir added: “Contemplating that it’s a observe that… throughout the weekend I didn’t wish to say, as a result of destructive feedback don’t assist.
“However this observe is simply totally different than the others and I don’t take pleasure in using on this observe. And in addition it’s a observe that whenever you don’t take pleasure in using, you at all times miss one thing.
“So, to have the ability to end right here in fourth place is one thing nice. It means we’re doing steps ahead, constructive ones. We got here from behind and the final a part of the race was a constructive one.
“And step-by-step I used to be overtaking and I used to be feeling nice. I’m so happy about every little thing goes. Fourth place is at all times a place you don’t wish to end in. Fifth or third is at all times higher. However anyway, it’s nice.”