MotoGP champion Mir: "I don't believe what is happening"

Joan Mir admitted "I don't believe what is happening" after wrapping up the 2020 MotoGP world championship at the Valencia Grand Prix to end a 20-year wait for Suzuki

MotoGP champion Mir: "I don't believe what is happening"

Mir took the chequered flag in a safe seventh having started from 12th on Sunday at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, which was enough to put the 2020 title beyond the reach of race winner Franco Morbidelli (Petronas SRT) and fourth-placed Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins.

The number 36 is the first Suzuki rider since 2000 to win the premier class crown and joins an elite list featuring Barry Sheene, Marco Luchinelli, Franco Uncini, Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr to claim world championship honours for Suzuki.

Speaking to MotoGP's world feed immediately after the race, Mir said: "Unbelievable. I don't have words to describe this emotion because it's something that I've been fighting for all my life.

"And to finally get this result at the moment I don't laugh, I cannot cry. It's a mix of emotions.

"I'm really, really happy. You can't believe, because when you follow one dream all your life and finally you achieve it, at the moment I don't believe what is happening.

"I need some time now to relax to understand what happened because I don't have words."

Mir made his full-time grand prix debut in 2016 in Moto3, before winning the lightweight class title in 2017 with Leopard Honda.

After a sole campaign in Moto2 with Marc VDS, Mir stepped up to MotoGP in 2019 with Suzuki and has been the most consistent campaigner in 2020 having amassed seven podiums - including a maiden win last weekend in the European GP.

Mir is now the first MotoGP world champion to have also won the Moto3 crown.

With a round to spare, Mir heads Morbidelli by 29 points, while Suzuki has won the teams' title on the company's 100th anniversary and its 60th in racing.

The 1993 500cc world champion Schwantz posted a brief message on his Instagram, saying: "Joan Mir, just watched the race, closed up the championship, going to Portugal with a race under his belt.

"Congratulations buddy, you did exactly what you needed to do today, didn't take any unnecessary chances and world champ. Congrats!"

Suzuki is now level on 201 points with Ducati in the battle for the constructors' title as the Japanese marque bids for its first manufacturers' championship since 1982.

shares
comments
Valencia MotoGP: Mir crowned champion as Morbidelli wins last-lap thriller

Previous article

Valencia MotoGP: Mir crowned champion as Morbidelli wins last-lap thriller

Next article

Mir: Maiden MotoGP crown not devalued by Marquez absence

Mir: Maiden MotoGP crown not devalued by Marquez absence
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Joan Mir
Teams AB Motoracing
Author Lewis Duncan
Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return? Plus

Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Plus

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

MotoGP
Apr 5, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Plus

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue Plus

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader? Plus

Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader?

OPINION: Johann Zarco talked a big game pre-season, and is so far vindicating himself as a factory rider at Pramac after finishing the Qatar GP as top Ducati in second. And contrasting his and Jack Miller's weekends and their approaches, is Zarco emerging as Ducati's true MotoGP leader?

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Plus

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021