The Spaniard’s title defence final yr proved troublesome, 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 team-mate Alex Rins has two – including last weekend at COTA, which was Suzuki’s 500th in grand prix racing – he has completed each race to date 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 sturdy within the closing laps because of higher tyre administration – prefer it did in 2020 when he gained the title.
“I believe in Europe, we’ll make that click on that we’re lacking for the time being,” Mir mentioned at COTA after ending fourth.
“In Argentina we did a very good race, in Mandalika additionally within the moist.
“In Qatar we noticed that we missed one thing, however the fact is from Qatar to now I’ve began to really feel loads higher.
“We’re beginning to make races like in 2020, from much less to extra and attempting to offer the 100% of the potential of our bike.
“So, let’s proceed like that. I believe that this yr if we’re targeted and we’re in a position to make that subsequent click on with this bike that I believe we are able to do it, we’ll struggle once more for a superb place on the finish of the season for certain.”
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 monitor that… through the weekend I didn’t need to say, as a result of adverse feedback don’t assist.
“However this monitor is simply totally different than the others and I don’t take pleasure in using on this monitor.
“And likewise it’s a monitor that whenever you don’t take pleasure in using, you all the time 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, optimistic ones.
“We got here from behind and the final a part of the race was a optimistic one.
“And step-by-step I used to be overtaking and I used to be feeling nice.
“So, I’m so happy about every thing goes. Fourth place is all the time a place you don’t need to end in. Fifth or third is all the time higher. However anyway, it’s nice.”