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Mir is silent about his future: "It's difficult for me"

While Alex Rins has announced his move to LCR, the future of Joan Mir, his Suzuki teammate, remains up in the air . The 2020 MotoGP world champion has been in the orbit of the Repsol Honda Team for weeks, but no agreement between the two parties has been confirmed.

On Mir’s side, secrecy reigns. Last weekend at Silverstone , the driver refused to comment on rumors about his future, saying it would not be “in his interest” to reveal any information about it.

“I prefer not to talk about it so that later they don’t say ‘Why did you say that?’ I don’t want to see myself in that situation. But what I can say is that it is very important to make an official announcement, because that way Stop asking yourself those questions.”

Mir does not want to disrespect Suzuki

However, the Majorcan pilot understands the expectation that has been generated around his future. “It’s normal,” he acknowledges. “This situation is also difficult for me to face.”

“Firstly, nothing has been announced. And secondly, this year I’m still part of the Suzuki family, and it’s a bit disrespectful to talk about how good another manufacturer is. So I don’t feel comfortable in that situation.” .

This uncertainty comes after the announcement, last May, of Suzuki’s departure from the motorcycle world championship. The news came as a surprise to Rins and to a Mir who at that time was negotiating the renewal of his contract. Overnight, they were left with no prospects for the future.

 

A year of mandatory rest is not ruled out

At the moment, neither Mir nor Honda have announced anything. Paco Sánchez , representative of the Balearic pilot, admits that “there are no other options” [other than Honda]. But Joan Mir says he is calm .

“No, I’m not worried. If someone loves me, I’ll continue. And if not, I’ll stay home. But I think we have a lot to offer. I’m 24 right now, I’ll be 25 in September, so I still have a lot to do.” contribute and much to gain”.

His performances on the track are not playing much in his favor either. Mir is the rider who has had the most crashes in the race so far this season, going down on up to five occasions. Currently, he is 12th in the general classification , 103 points behind Fabio Quartararo.

If his signing for Honda materializes, he would fill the vacancy of Pol Espargaró, who will return to the ranks of KTM , this time in Tech 3. This last move is not yet official either, but Pol confirmed at Silverstone that he had signed for two years. He did not specify the team he will go to, but said he will race with a motorcycle that is no stranger to him.

“I’m going to the team I want and I’m very happy”, commented the youngest of the Espargaró. “I’ll go to a good bike with a very good salary. And it’s a familiar bike.”


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