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Mir: Underwhelming Qatar MotoGP race “obscure”

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Suzuki has made huge strides with its 2022 MotoGP bike over the winter and confirmed robust race tempo throughout apply in Qatar, in addition to topping the official velocity charts with its extra highly effective engine. 

Regardless of qualifying down in eighth, Mir was anticipated to rise to the entrance of the sphere and battle for victory in final Sunday’s 22-lap season opener. 

However he encountered rear grip issues early on and struggled to “make the bike go ahead”, which meant he might do not more than sixth on the chequered flag. 

“[It] was a very bodily race, as a result of the tempo was actually excessive,” Mir mentioned. “I used to be struggling on the final 15 laps of the race and it was troublesome. Truthfully, I am a bit upset as a result of I did not anticipate what occurred within the race. 

“I made begin, I used to be there, my feeling was actually good. However then I began to have bother – I feel lots of people did – with the entrance tyre, that was transferring. 

“I feel it is one thing regular as a result of it is a mushy tyre and on this monitor in case you are driving in 1m54s the entrance will transfer. If you’re in entrance you will have much less bother than in case you are behind. So this I feel is extra regular. 

“What occurred with the rear grip, that is one thing that we should work slightly bit on as a result of the rear dropped rather a lot and I used to be having a whole lot of bother making the bike go ahead.”

He later added: “Usually we’re good in that space [tyre management] and it is an space that I at all times attempt to care rather a lot [about]. 

“So let’s attempt to perceive why, and to know what we will do to be higher on the final laps as a result of it is obscure.”

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Joan Mir, Group Suzuki MotoGP

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Mir would not imagine the brand new engine contributed to his rear tyre points and thinks it is merely all the way down to set-up, noting: “For positive we have now to work on the electronics aspect slightly bit extra, most likely it was not good.

“However I feel it was extra set-up, geometry, attempting to know a bit extra. The final a part of final 12 months, I struggled within the final a part of the race.”

Teammate Alex Rins completed round 4 seconds adrift in seventh having suffered with entrance tyre points, which he thinks might have been all the way down to the mushy possibility being too pliable for the Suzuki. 

“It was a bit unusual as a result of within the first a part of the race I used to be struggling slightly bit to overhaul sooner riders,” Rins mentioned. ”However then once I was alone after overtaking [Jorge] Martin, I used to be attempting to go to Joan, who was the rider that was in entrance. 

“I used to be pushing, I used to be pushing, however I had a whole lot of issues with the entrance. 

“One thing that by no means occurred earlier than, braking was good however transferring to the nook, I do not know if the tyre was too mushy for us, however I used to be having these type of issues.”

Regardless of Suzuki’s underwhelming Sunday not delivering on its pre-race promise, Mir is satisfied the Japanese marque will bounce again. 

“There’s a whole lot of producers in entrance of us, it is true,” he added. “However it’s solely the primary race, truthfully. I feel the individuals who struggled right here is not going to wrestle sooner or later. 

“Every little thing will I hope get again to regular. I feel as a crew we have now extra to say than solely to struggle for that prime 5. 

“I am not fearful. I do know that all the pieces will come higher.”

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