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Mir’s 2020 title defence was a troublesome affair final yr, as an absence of improvement with the GSX-RR meant he may solely give you third within the standings and simply six podiums.
The response up to now to its 2022 bike has been far more constructive from each Mir and teammate 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 prime 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 comfortable,” Mir stated on Sunday. “We improved clearly our prime pace, we’re there within the center, which is actually, actually vital.
“We all know that we have now a quick race bike, however all the time to battle with the Ducatis and these guys with the engine that we had, it was troublesome to overhaul.
“And it was the identical story in all of the races, it is all the time just a little bit troublesome.
“A bit bit extra energy is an enormous assist for me, and I count on solely with this benefit [to be] loads higher.
“I am happy, I am not tremendous comfortable as a result of there’s work to do. However every part is [good], however I am happy about every part. I can say that I am comfortable.”
Mir defined that the character of the brand new Suzuki engine – which was first tried in Qatar pre-season testing final yr – is equivalent to that of the 2020 model raced final yr attributable to COVID cost-cutting measures.
Nonetheless, he would not be drawn into specifics about the place the 2022 engine was higher, merely stating: “The character is similar, however on the bike alone you do not really feel.
“However you are feeling it on the information, if you comply with somebody. [Is there] extra rpm, I do not know.”