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Mir had been linked to a transfer to Honda for a lot of this season, however that turned a a lot better likelihood when Suzuki introduced it could be quitting MotoGP on the finish of the 2022 marketing campaign.
The 2020 world champion mentioned in the course of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend that he was “very shut” to agreeing a take care of Honda.
Now, on the eve of this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, Honda has introduced it has signed Mir to a brand new two-year deal to associate six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez at its manufacturing unit squad from 2023.
He’ll change Pol Espargaro, who returns to the KTM fold with the rebranded Tech three GasGas workforce subsequent yr.
Mir will be part of fellow Suzuki rider Alex Rins in making a swap to Honda for 2023, after the latter penned a two-year deal immediately with HRC to race for LCR.
Rins takes the place of Alex Marquez, who will be part of the Gresini squad on a year-old Ducati subsequent yr.
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Workforce, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce
Photograph by: Dorna
Mir is not going to be current on observe at this weekend’s Misano spherical after fracturing his proper foot in a lap one crash on the Austrian GP.
His place at Suzuki will likely be taken by Suzuki endurance racer Kazuki Watanabe, who will make his MotoGP debut at Misano having beforehand contested 5 grands prix within the 250cc/Moto2 class in 2009 and 2010.
With Mir signed to Honda, all manufacturing unit workforce seats have been secured for the 2023 season.
Solely the remaining Tech three GasGas seat, VR46 Ducati, RNF Aprilia and second LCR Honda stay in the marketplace.
Takaaki Nakagami’s place at LCR has regarded doubtful for a while, however Moto2 ace Ai Ogura has just lately said he doesn’t need to step as much as MotoGP in 2023 – which may supply a reprieve to his fellow Japanese rider Nakagami.
Ducati just lately introduced it had signed Enea Bastianini to affix its manufacturing unit workforce to exchange KTM-bound Jack Miller, whereas Jorge Martin will stay with Pramac alongside Johann Zarco.