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The 2020 world champion was unable to make it instantly into the Q2 phase of qualifying from follow and was left stranded in 18th on the grid after a late tumble in Q1 – although Marc Marquez’s withdrawal from the race promoted Mir to 17th.
All weekend the Suzuki rider struggled for rear grip on Michelin’s 2018 tyre building it had brough for the Indonesian GP in response to the acute warmth.
Mir used the moist circumstances to leap up from 17th to eighth on the opening lap of 20, and went on to salvage a strong sixth behind Suzuki teammate Alex Rins.
Although he discovered small dry set-up beneficial properties in Sunday’s warm-up session, Mir admits his cost to sixth wouldn’t have been attainable had the race not been moist.
“Nicely, within the warm-up we improved a bit bit,” Mir stated when requested by Motorsport.com if Sunday’s thunderstorm was a blessing for him.
“I used to be struggling a bit bit in sector 4, however to make sixth place in fully dry, I feel it will be one thing actually tough.
“I don’t assume that it was attainable. It’s a extremely necessary consequence as a result of it might have been so much worse.”
Joan Mir, Group Suzuki MotoGP
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The race was shortened from 27 laps to 20 over security fears prompted by the Mandalika observe floor breaking apart within the final nook.
Mir admits this “was a disgrace” as a result of he felt he might have superior on the sixth he ultimately took the chequered flag in.
“Nicely, lastly I used to be capable of get again a bit the sentiments that make me quick and I’m comfortable,” he added.
“Only one factor that was not optimistic is that we’ve been working within the route of all of the weekend, that we have been struggling so much, and on this race I used to be actually struggling to cease the bike.
“I used to be going actually vast, I feel in each lap I went vast in Flip 10 and was tough.
“However we have now to be comfortable, as a result of we made a extremely good first laps.
“It was a disgrace it was a 20-lap race, as a result of I had one thing extra on the finish of the race. However anyway, it’s okay like this.”