Since a test Monday on the side of Barcelona which followed a Grand Prix of Catalonia, we are no longer there at Suzuki. It must be said that this day was special for the official representatives of the brand who suddenly learned that their dedication would end at the end of this season. We cannot really say if there is a cause and effect link or if fate has since dogged Joan Mir and Alex Rins, but it is clear that everything that followed this terrible news has not been a succession of disappointments. And it is not this German Grand Prix that will change this sad trend…
It’s a zero point that brings back Livio Suppo and his blue troop of a grueling German Grand Prix on the Sachsenring. A tenth stage of what will be their last MotoGP championship started with two riders, one of whom, Alex Rinswas recovering, then continued with a single, Joan Mirsince the same rins threw in the towel, suffering too much from a freshly operated wrist.
Alas, Joan Mir did not go much further than Pecco Bagnaia falling shortly after Ducati at the same turn 1 of the Saxon turnstile. An accident which will have been the consequence of a collision with a competitor, which the 2020 World Champion explains as follows: ” I heard Oliveira’s bike next to me on the straight recalls the one who is said to be in close contact with Repsol Honda for 2023. We braked at the same time, but he was on the inside line. As I started to close my line, we lightly touched. As a result, unfortunately, I went off the line and lost the front wheel. I would have needed a few more laps to get the tires to the right temperature “.
Joan Mir: Michelin hard tire was a bad choice”
A statement that indicates regrets about the choice of erasers: “ due to high temperatures, we chose the hard rear tire instead of the medium. Later it turned out to be the wrong decision “. He adds : ” in the first two laps the tire didn’t work well, the feeling wasn’t there. As a result, I couldn’t accelerate properly and lost a few positions on the straight. “.
Joan Mir concludes his report thus: it was a weekend full of ups and downs. Friday and Saturday I felt better than I had in a long time, it was the best weekend of the year so far. In terms of race pace, we were among the fastest. I would like to end this part of the season in the best possible way. A podium would be a good result, but you have to stay calm “.
There is only one Grand Prix left to fulfill this objective and it will take place this weekend at Assen. At championshipit is logically the tumble at Suzuki. rins and Mir are ninth and tenth in the driver standings with the same 69 points. The manufacturer is fifth of the six entered with 93 points, and sees KTM in front while Honda brings up the rear. The end will be painful if it continues like this…
Results of the MotoGP German Grand Prix at Sachsenring:
Ranking credit: MotoGP.com