Mir had been linked to a transfer to Honda for a lot of this season, however that grew to become a a lot larger chance when Suzuki introduced it might be quitting MotoGP on the finish of the 2022 marketing campaign.
The 2020 world champion mentioned throughout the Austrian Grand Prix weekend that he was “very shut” to agreeing a cope with 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 accomplice six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez at its manufacturing facility squad from 2023.
Mir will be a part of fellow Suzuki rider Alex Rins in making a change 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 a part of the Gresini squad on a year-old Ducati subsequent 12 months.
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Workforce, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce
Photograph by: Dorna
Mir – who beforehand raced for Honda in Moto3, successful the title with the marque in 2017 – is not going to be current on monitor at this weekend’s Misano spherical after fracturing his proper foot in a lap one crash on the Austrian GP.
His place at Suzuki can 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 facility crew seats have been secured for the 2023 season.
Solely the remaining Tech3 GasGas seat partnering outgoing Honda rider Pol Espargaro, VR46 Ducati, RNF Aprilia and second LCR Honda stay in the marketplace.
Takaaki Nakagami’s place at LCR has seemed unsure for a while, however Moto2 ace Ai Ogura has lately said he doesn’t need to step as much as MotoGP in 2023 – which may provide a reprieve to his fellow Japanese rider Nakagami.
Ducati lately introduced it had signed Enea Bastianini to hitch its manufacturing facility crew to interchange KTM-bound Jack Miller, whereas Jorge Martin will stay with Pramac alongside Johann Zarco.