The Suzuki rider admitted after pre-season testing that he began the season solely “70%” prepared having misplaced an important day of labor on the 2021 GSX-RR chassis to poor climate circumstances (with Mir confirming on Friday he’s utilizing the 2020 body).
Mir started the day fifth quickest, however pale to exterior of the Q2 spots in 11th in FP2, lacking the highest 10 by simply zero.013 seconds.
With circumstances for FP3 unlikely to permit for lap time enhancements on the mixed order, Mir is going through Q1 in his first qualifying as defending MotoGP champion.
“The reality is I’m very pissed off at the moment, being champion now on observe is price nothing,” Mir fumed.
“I’m calm as a result of it is just the primary day, it will likely be troublesome to go [faster] in FP3 as a result of it is rather scorching.
“If now we have to undergo Q1, we are going to undergo it. What’s reassuring is that when it comes to tempo, I’m amongst the perfect.
“There have been a couple of small issues lacking to enhance, however I feel now we have the pace. It’s fixable.”
Joan Mir, Crew Suzuki MotoGP
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Crew-mate Alex Rins was fifth on the finish of FP2, hinting at an enchancment being made within the Suzuki’s qualifying type – which was a key weak point in 2020, with Mir turning into the primary world champion since Wayne Rainey in 1992 to not rating a pole place.
Mir doesn’t really feel Suzuki has to make as vital a step ahead as to have the ability to battle for pole on Saturday, however insists it needs to be on the entrance two rows.
“Alex had a great FP2, there is no want for anybody to indicate me how the Suzuki is doing,” he added.
“We’ve got quite a lot of room for enchancment with this bike and it is true that it is necessary that we each give 100% and he had a great FP2.
“We’ve got to maintain working and enhance our weak factors.
“I am not saying to battle for pole positions, which is kind of troublesome for us, however to be on the second row and be round there.
“With used tyres now we have a tempo of 1m54.6s and 1m54.7s and we’re not even a second slower with new tyres, which implies there may be nonetheless room for enchancment”.