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The 2020 MotoGP world champion Mir fracture his proper foot in a nasty highside crash on the opening lap of final week’s Austrian GP.
The Suzuki rider was ordered to take 15 days of relaxation by docs following a check-up on the Monday after the Purple Bull Ring race, and has thus been forced out of the Misano round next week.
Suzuki’s choices to exchange Mir have been restricted, with ordinary stand-in and official check rider Sylvain Guintoli at present out of motion after injuring his wrist previous to the Suzuka eight Hours.
Stories in Italian media claimed double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci was provided the trip, however turned it right down to concentrate on his MotoAmerica championship bid with Ducati.
Suzuki has subsequently been compelled to present one-time 250cc factors finisher Watanbe an outing at Misano.
Watanabe, who companions Guintoli on the Yoshimura SERT Suzuki endurance crew, has by no means ridden MotoGP equipment and solely began 5 grands prix within the 250cc/Moto2 class in 2009 and 2010 – scoring a greatest end of 14th on the 2009 Japanese GP.
“Very first thing’s first, I want to want Joan a speedy restoration from the harm he suffered, he’s an incredible rider to observe and I hope he’ll be again on monitor quickly,” Watanabe stated.
“I used to be actually happy to obtain the decision about substituting in Misano, it will likely be wonderful to attempt the MotoGP bike round that monitor.
“I’ll do my greatest to carry out effectively and provides one thing again to the crew who’ve given me this opportunity.”
Suzuki crew boss Livio Suppo added: “We’re very sorry that Joan will not have the ability to race in Misano and we want him a quick restoration!
“In the meantime we’re happy to welcome Kazuki Watanabe to our crew, he has quite a lot of expertise with Suzuki and he’s placing collectively a powerful season within the All Japan sequence, he additionally received third at Suzuka eight hours just some weeks in the past.
‘The GSX-RR might be a really completely different problem, however we are going to do our greatest for Watanabe-san to ensure that him to get the utmost out of this expertise!”
Joan Mir, Workforce Suzuki MotoGP
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Suzuki will withdraw from MotoGP on the finish of the 2022 season in a shock announcement made following the Spanish GP again in Might.
The Japanese producer cited monetary causes for electing to finish its MotoGP undertaking only one yr into a brand new five-year contract with sequence proprietor Dorna Sports activities.
It’ll additionally finish its manufacturing unit involvement with the Yoshimura SERT squad within the FIM Endurance World Championship.
Present rider Alex Rins will be a part of LCR Honda in 2023, whereas Mir is about to hitch the manufacturing unit Honda squad alongside Marc Marquez.