Joan Mir 'negotiating flat out' with Suzuki for 2019 MotoGP seat

Moto2 rider Joan Mir says he is "negotiating flat out" with Suzuki over a deal to replace Andrea Iannone in its MotoGP line-up for 2019

Joan Mir 'negotiating flat out' with Suzuki for 2019 MotoGP seat

The reigning Moto3 champion has emerged as the favourite to land the seat after Honda allowed an option it had with him to lapse, and Iannone confirmed his departure from Suzuki at Mugello on Thursday.

"We're negotiating flat out," Mir said. "Hopefully this weekend or next weekend we can announce something, but so far nothing is signed.

"It would be awesome, awesome [to join Suzuki]. It's a factory bike and the goal we have set for ourselves is to make the step up with a factory bike.

"It has scored podiums, and I think it's a very competitive bike."

Mir, seventh in the Moto2 standings, said that he was keen to have his future decided shortly so that he could concentrate on his campaign in the intermediate class.

"I'd like to close all this as soon as possible so that I can focus the rest of the season 100% on Moto2," he said.

"I'm not thinking about the Moto2 title right now, but if we're in every race at the front and we're on the podium, if that's the case, we'll try to do it if we're strong enough."

Suzuki's other MotoGP rider Alex Rins says he is ready to lead the development of the GSX-RR bike next year should the team opt for a less experienced rider as his team-mate.

Rins said "people are talking a lot" about Mir, but he also suggested Jorge Lorenzo and Franco Morbidelli as riders who could partner him at Suzuki next year.

"Sincerely I don't care really much," he said. "I try to focus on my side.

"If the rider on the other side [will be] with a lot of experience, without experience, I don't care, I will try to do my way."

Asked whether he was ready to take on the responsibility of steering the development of the bike, he answered: "I'm ready for that, yes.

"In all the teams I've been - I don't want to mean that I was the first rider, but I develop a lot the bike.

"I'm not saying that I'm the first rider and Iannone is the second one - the philosophy of Suzuki is not this one. But for example last year, I developed the bike quite good for me.

"I'm doing my way, and I'm ready to be the experimental rider if Mir or Morbidelli comes."

shares
comments
Andrea Iannone to split with Suzuki after 2018 MotoGP season

Previous article

Andrea Iannone to split with Suzuki after 2018 MotoGP season

Next article

Lorenzo exploring options away from Ducati for 2019 MotoGP season

Lorenzo exploring options away from Ducati for 2019 MotoGP season
Load comments
Why Quartararo’s Catalunya suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Plus

Why Quartararo’s Catalunya suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Plus

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Plus

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Plus

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Plus

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Plus

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Plus

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Plus

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021