The news of Suzuki ‘s retirement at the end of the season caused a huge shake-up in the championship paddock. Not only because of the loss of one of the manufacturers, but because of the two bikes that will disappear. The slam of the Hamamatsu brand immediately put its pair of drivers on the market, who, if their testimony is to be trusted, were confident of being able to renew their contracts with the Japanese manufacturer.
A few weeks ago it was announced that Alex Rins will replace Alex Márquez in the LCR structure, which has yet to announce the Barcelona’s teammate. In that sense, everything seems arranged so that it is Ai Ogura who gets on the prototype that Takaaki Nakagami currently drives.
With Marc Márquez still under contract – his agreement expires in 2024 – Pol Espargaró’s departure can be taken for granted – the Catalan will return to KTM, but to the Tech3 formation. The vacancy left by #44 in the Repsol team garage is the one that, on paper, should go to Mir. Despite this, the different conditions that have intervened have delayed Mir’s negotiation with Honda, which considers having the upper hand.
At this point, it is worth remembering that Honda already wanted to hire the man from Palma in the past, when he debuted in MotoGP (2019), but that he preferred to put on the Suzuki suit than the LCR suit, the only alternative that he was offered then HRC.
“I’m not worried about my future; if someone loves me, perfect. If not, I’ll stay home,” said Mir, apparently calm, this Thursday and from Silverstone, where the World Cup resumes its activity this Sunday.
Despite the apparent serenity of the rider from Palma, the world champion of two years ago is aware of the volatility of things, so he prefers not to give more details about the hottest topic of the moment.
“Anything he says about my future will harm me, so I prefer not to speak. The only thing I can say is that I hope to be able to give news soon for my own calm. The situation has come like this; there are many people who do not know where they are going. run, I’m not the only one”, continued #36, who still hasn’t received explanations from Suzuki about the shock that the company will experience at the end of this exercise: “It’s not that those responsible for Suzuki don’t want to give us answers, but that They don’t even have them.”