Mir emerged as essentially the most constant pressure of a chaotic 2020 MotoGP season, which noticed 9 riders win grands prix in a COVID-19-shortened 14-race calendar.
The Suzuki rider gained on the European Grand Prix in Valencia every week earlier than he could be topped world champion, however has struggled in 2021 in what turned out to be an unsuccessful bid to defend his title.
A scarcity of growth for the GSX-RR in 2021 and main enhancements for the likes of Yamaha and Ducati has meant Mir has solely been in a position to rating six podiums – his greatest consequence a second on the Algarve GP.
Talking solely to Motorsport.com final weekend, Mir admitted he has struggled to just accept his win drought this season.
“It is tough for me, I am not going to misinform you,” Mir mentioned.
“I demand loads from myself, you are not going to see me at all times joyful to be on the rostrum, I am somebody who likes to win and it is costing me loads.
“I struggled loads within the first 12 months, however the actuality is that I had solely been on this planet championship for 4 years.
“Now I am six [years in], I am very new and I’ve room [for improvement].
“However we have come to this 12 months and it hasn’t been wherever close to what I anticipated.
“To go a 12 months with out profitable is tough to digest and I am not having time.”
Joan Mir, Crew Suzuki MotoGP
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He added: “Final 12 months was my second 12 months [in MotoGP], I began to work, a victory got here on the finish of the season and it may have been extra.
“However then you definitely get to some extent the place you say to your self that it is the third season already and it’s important to enhance.
“I am in that course of, I’ve solely been on this planet championship for a short while and I arrived in a short time in MotoGP, which implies I nonetheless have room for enchancment.”