The Suzuki rider admitted after pre-season testing that he began the season solely “70%” prepared having misplaced a significant day of labor on the 2021 GSX-RR chassis to poor climate situations (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 situations 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 as we speak, being champion now on monitor is value nothing,” Mir fumed.
“I’m calm as a result of it is just the primary day, it is going to be troublesome to go [faster] in FP3 as a result of it is extremely sizzling.
“If now we have to undergo Q1, we are going to undergo it. What’s reassuring is that by way of tempo, I’m amongst the very best.
“There have been just a few small issues lacking to enhance, however I feel now we have the pace. It’s fixable.”
Joan Mir, Staff Suzuki MotoGP
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Staff-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 spot 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 combat for pole on Saturday, however insists it needs to be on the entrance two rows.
“Alex had a very good FP2, there is not any want for anybody to point out me how the Suzuki is doing,” he added.
“Now we have plenty of room for enchancment with this bike and it is true that it is necessary that we each give 100% and he had a very good FP2.
“Now we have to maintain working and enhance our weak factors.
“I am not saying to combat 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 suggests there’s nonetheless room for enchancment”.