Mir’s 2020 title defence was a tough affair final 12 months, as a scarcity of growth with the GSX-RR meant he might solely provide you with third within the standings and simply six podiums.
The response up to now to its 2022 bike has been rather more constructive from each Mir and team-mate Alex Rins, with the latter fourth total on the finish of the two-day Sepang take a look at.
Mir was 12th quickest – albeit simply zero.398 seconds off the tempo – after he was unable to enhance on a scrappy time assault effort on Sunday morning earlier than rain fell within the afternoon.
However, the Suzuki rider feels the bike’s high pace has been “clearly improved” – although says “there’s work to do” in Indonesia this weekend regardless of the GSX-RR being virtually prepared.
“Sure, we’re shut, we’re pleased,” Mir mentioned on Sunday.
“We improved clearly our high pace, we’re there within the center, which is actually, actually necessary.
“We all know that we’ve got a quick race bike, however all the time to battle with the Ducatis and these guys with the engine that we had, it was tough to overhaul.
“And it was the identical story in all of the races, it’s all the time somewhat bit tough.
“Just a little bit extra energy is an enormous assist for me, and I count on solely with this benefit [to be] rather a lot higher.
“I’m happy, I’m not tremendous pleased as a result of there’s work to do. However the whole lot is [good], however I’m happy about the whole lot. I can say that I’m pleased.”
Mir defined that the character of the brand new Suzuki engine – which was first tried in Qatar pre-season testing final 12 months – is similar to that of the 2020 model raced final 12 months resulting from COVID cost-cutting measures.
Nonetheless, he wouldn’t be drawn into specifics about the place the 2022 engine was higher, merely stating: “The character is similar, however on the bike alone you don’t really feel.
“However you are feeling it on the info, whenever you observe somebody. [Is there] extra rpm, I don’t know.”