News 2 May 2020

Suzuki to continue with Mir for another two years

Spaniard to remain aboard GSX-RR into 2021 and 2022 seasons.

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Team Suzuki Ecstar has renewed its contract with Joan Mir that will see the Spaniard remain with the factory through the 2022 MotoGP season.

After recently re-signing Alex Rins, Mir’s continuation will form a consistent direction for the team over the next two years.

“I’m extremely happy to sign with Suzuki for another two years,” Mir said. “Renewing is the best thing that could happen and it’s a dream come true again! It’s really important for me to continue because now I have more time to learn and more time to show my potential.

“Two years can go by quickly, but I am ready to arrive at a higher level and we are working every day to make that happen. I am also so pleased on a personal level because I have a really good team and crew around me. I really want to thank everyone at Suzuki for their confidence in me.”

Davide Brivio commented: “We are very happy to have reached an agreement with Joan Mir and have him complete our line-up for the next two years. We consider Joan a very talented rider and it is important to continue together to take full advantage of the experience that we have built so far and trying to improve even more.

“We are also happy to have a young team with two very strong riders such as Alex and Joan, which has always been our real target. This allows us to look to the future with confidence. I would like to thank Joan for trusting us with his future and also the whole Suzuki Motor Corporation, who supports us.

“Being able to extend the agreements with both Alex Rins and Joan Mir during such an extraordinary and strange moment in history is a sign that give us high hopes for the future and encouragement to all the fans to look ahead with positivity and optimism, with the hope of being able to get back on track as soon as possible.”

Mir made his MotoGP debut with Team Suzuki Ecstar in 2019, following a highly successful Moto3 season in 2017 which saw him crowned champion. The 22-year-old came quickly through the ranks early in his career and proved to be a fast learner when making his premier class debut.

Gelling well with his new team, he secured eighth place in his inaugural race, going on to score another nine top 10 finishes in 2019 despite an injury mid-season. Once recovered, Mir was able to pick up an impressive fifth place at Phillip Island and in the 2020 testing he was showing inspiring form with the latest generation GSX-RR.