The reigning world champion’s GSX-RR blew up as he tried to speed up out of Flip 11 early in FP4 on Saturday, bringing him to a sudden halt and bringing him near a collision with KTM’s Miguel Oliveira who was immediately behind.
Mir was capable of get again on monitor on his second bike and went on to qualify eighth, however admits he doesn’t know but what failed on his Suzuki and was scared at that second.
“Yeah, properly the bike stopped utterly,” Mir stated when requested by Autosport if he knew what went incorrect particularly in FP4. “I don’t know if it was the engine or one thing, however I used to be a bit scared in that second.
“I didn’t know what was taking place and likewise it was in an acceleration level, so it’s harmful. However fortunately we’re wonderful.”
Mir struggled badly on Friday with the soundness of his bike over COTA’s much-maligned bumps, and says the issue endured into FP3.
Joan Mir, Crew Suzuki MotoGP
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However after his mechanical concern in FP4, he says he discovered the good points he was in search of and was solely held again in eighth in qualifying as a result of he solely had one contemporary comfortable for Q2 after coming via Q1.
“It was a difficult day,” the world champion added. “The principle factor right now is that I anticipated a bit of bit extra in FP3 to get again the great emotions however was not in FP3, was in FP4.
“So, that was the issue of right now. That’s why I needed to undergo Q1. I used to be actually in FP3 with the identical issues as yesterday, after which the bike improved.
“I used to be capable of be on that lap time with the medium tyre. So, implies that we improved rather a lot the race tempo and all the things, and that is essential. I do know that we usually wrestle in qualy, so I may make not a foul lap time.
“In Q1, I’m going to Q2 with none issues, after which in Q2 I believe we missed a second likelihood with one other tyre to battle for the second row.”