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The 2020 world champion was pressured to search for a brand new trip for this season after Suzuki declared it will be quitting MotoGP on the finish of 2022, with Mir ultimately signing a two-year deal to hitch the manufacturing unit Honda squad.
The pre-season testing section has not been simple for Honda, with eight-time world champion Marc Marquez admitting after the Portugal take a look at final weekend that the 2023 RC213V is simply able to preventing for between fifth and 10th place.
Mir, who was the highest Honda rider on the finish of the Portugal take a look at in 13th, has had a equally tough time this winter adapting to the bike, noting: “About memorising every thing, it has been a nightmare as a result of now we have to do loads of issues with the entrance machine.
“Then [you select] the impartial, which isn’t the conventional impartial of a road bike, then cease, launch management down, examine every thing is on level, then begin.
“It is onerous as a result of with the Suzuki all of these items are in a unique fucking approach. To vary every thing is tough.
“Nevertheless it’s a matter of time. When you repeat it within the fifth race of the season, I’ll do it routinely.”
Joan Mir, Repsol Honda Crew
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Mir has not launched into his journey with Honda alone, as former Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins has joined LCR.
However extra crucially for the Spaniard, Suzuki’s former technical chief Ken Kawauchi has additionally been employed by Honda to spearhead improvement of the RC213V.
Kawauchi’s arrival at Honda is “one thing nice”, based on Mir. “To see Ken-san within the field offers me confidence,” he stated.
“We did unbelievable outcomes collectively [at Suzuki], and to have him onboard on this course of is one thing nice. I am grateful for dwelling it with him. I feel he can do a very good job as he did in Suzuki.
“However we’d like a little bit of time, each of us, to know every thing, to know all of the folks. I feel we’re on the best way.”