MotoGP news: Joan Mir completes Suzuki 2021 line-up

Suzuki has completed its rider line-up for the 2021 MotoGP season after re-signing Joan Mir on a new two-year deal

MotoGP news: Joan Mir completes Suzuki 2021 line-up

The 2017 Moto3 world champion followed in the footsteps of Maverick Vinales in making his MotoGP debut with Suzuki last year following a single season in the Moto2 class.

Mir ended last year as the second-best rookie, finishing 12th in the standings with a best result of fifth at the Australian Grand Prix, although he battled with the after-effects of a violent crash during the post-race Brno test, which forced him out of the Austrian and British GPs.

Though he was one of the main targets for Ducati's 2021 line-up, Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio admitted to Autosport last month that everything had been agreed to retain Mir.

Taking to Instagram on Saturday morning, Mir confirmed he had penned a new agreement with Suzuki.

"I'm extremely happy to sign with Suzuki for another two years - renewing is the best thing that could happen and it's a dream come true again," Mir said.

"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, and let's see if I can get the results that we're capable of."

In a similar move, Alex Rins announced last month that he'd re-signed with Suzuki for two more years, and later admitted that discussions first began with the Japanese manufacturer last April.

Suzuki is the second manufacturer to firm up its 2021 line-up, after Yamaha confirmed Maverick Vinales and 2019's top rookie Fabio Quartararo on two-year deals.

Honda stunned the paddock in February when it announced it had secured reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez for four more years on a deal rumoured to be worth €100 million.

The coronavirus-forced delay to the 2020 season has complicated the rider market situation, with many deals looking likely to be agreed before any racing has taken place.

Last month, Marquez suggested MotoGP introduce a freeze to rider contracts for 2021, while Petronas SRT boss Razlan Razali said his team would seek to retain Quartararo should 2020 be cancelled altogether.

After the Dutch, German and Finnish Grands Prix were cancelled, the season won't start until the end of July at the earliest, with MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports "optimistic" of getting the campaign underway by then.

shares
comments
How Rossi’s Petronas Yamaha deal is drawing closer
Previous article

How Rossi’s Petronas Yamaha deal is drawing closer

Next article

MotoGP News: Eager F1 ace Hamilton had to be restrained during Rossi ride swap

MotoGP News: Eager F1 ace Hamilton had to be restrained during Rossi ride swap
Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo? Plus

Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo?

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo had a 91-point lead over rival Francesco Bagnaia after the German Grand Prix, a seemingly impregnable gap to overcome in the remaining 10 races. But as the Frenchman struggled for pace with his Yamaha, Bagnaia stormed back into contention and swept to Ducati's first riders' title since 2007

MotoGP
Nov 25, 2022
Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests Plus

Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests

After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez

MotoGP
Nov 23, 2022
Why the new MotoGP world champion has a stronger character than it seems Plus

Why the new MotoGP world champion has a stronger character than it seems

While new MotoGP champion Francesco Bagnaia might not be the loudest rider on the grid, his calm exterior belies a steely backbone. His part in turning around Ducati's fortunes at the start of the year, when displeased with a new engine concept, shows the strength of his character

MotoGP
Nov 16, 2022
Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough Plus

Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough

OPINION: Despite the superiority exhibited by the Ducati in 2022, the context in which Francesco Bagnaia became MotoGP world champion means that both the rider and the Italian marque merit the same recognition that the brand and Casey Stoner received after their 2007 title

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2022
Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending Plus

Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending

OPINION: MotoGP’s fifth last round showdown of the modern era delivered a tense finale despite the predictable outcome, as Francesco Bagnaia ended 15 years of pain for Ducati. But as emotions ran high for the Italian marque, a final victory for a departing Japanese rival tinged the campaign’s conclusion with sadness

MotoGP
Nov 7, 2022
Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun Plus

Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun

Since Ducati announced the arrival of Enea Bastianini to its factory team for 2023, the staging of the four-time race winner has strained the atmosphere within the Italian manufacturer, which has raised its guard in anticipation of what may happen between him and championship favourite Francesco Bagnaia

MotoGP
Nov 1, 2022
Why Yamaha has just six months to safeguard its MotoGP champion's future Plus

Why Yamaha has just six months to safeguard its MotoGP champion's future

Yamaha's decision to dispense pre-season with the 2022 engine it had intended to use due to lack of reliability, the promises of improvement to Fabio Quartararo and the advance with which the rider market moves leaves the Japanese brand with less than six months to prevent the Frenchman from starting to look for a way out

MotoGP
Oct 28, 2022
The war brewing as Ducati nears its ultimate MotoGP prize Plus

The war brewing as Ducati nears its ultimate MotoGP prize

OPINION: Francesco Bagnaia has put one hand firmly on the 2022 MotoGP world title after winning the Malaysian Grand Prix, and the permutations are weighted heavily in his favour heading to the Valencia finale. But as Ducati stands on the cusp of something it has longed for since 2007, the Sepang race also hinted towards a future problem…

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2022