Joan Mir had first Suzuki MotoGP run in secret Motegi test

Joan Mir rode Suzuki's MotoGP bike for the first time in a secret test at the Motegi circuit, ahead of his switch to the team next year

Joan Mir had first Suzuki MotoGP run in secret Motegi test

The 2017 Moto3 champion took to the Japanese track while the manufacturer carried out testing with Sylvain Guintoli, who is in charge of developing the 2019 bike.

Mir rode for Suzuki on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of the month, as the team focused on building a base set-up with which he felt comfortable.

Suzuki initially wanted to have Mir testing on the Monday after the Japanese Grand Prix in late October, but the outing was delayed for several reasons.

Mir was free to test the MotoGP bike without restrictions as he is still a Moto2 rider.

The 21-year-old is sixth in the intermediate class standings with Marc VDS.

"He impressed us, especially with the way he approached the test and how keen he is to race in MotoGP," said Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio.

Mir will be back on the GSX-RR at Valencia next Tuesday for the test that will take place at the Spanish circuit following this weekend's finale.

He will make his official debut as a Suzuki rider with a team led by Francesco Carchedi, who has been Karel Abraham's race engineer at the Angel Nieto team until this point.

Claudio Rainato will be Mir's telemetry engineer and his mechanics will be Tsutomu Matsugano, Jacques Roca, Fernando Mendez and Marco Rosa.

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