Suzuki favourite to sign Mir as Honda lets 2019 MotoGP option lapse

Honda's decision to allow its pre-contract with Joan Mir to lapse means the reigning Moto3 champion looks set to join Suzuki for his first MotoGP season in 2019

Suzuki favourite to sign Mir as Honda lets 2019 MotoGP option lapse

As Autosport reported earlier this week, Honda held an option on Mir's services that would, if activated, have resulted in the Marc VDS Moto2 rider replacing Dani Pedrosa at the works team next year.

But this agreement expired on Thursday, and Honda chose not to exercise its option. Suzuki and Ducati were the other two manufacturers known to be interested in Mir, and Suzuki is now in the strongest position to sign the 20-year-old.

Although a deal has yet to be signed, it looks likely that Mir will partner Alex Rins at the Hamamatsu marque on a two-year deal, replacing Andrea Iannone.

That would mirror the career path of Maverick Vinales, who spent just one season in Moto2 in 2014 before being snapped up by Suzuki to graduate to MotoGP.

Mir's likely move has several ramifications elsewhere in the rider market.

It would confirm Iannone's departure from Suzuki, with the Italian a strong contender to replace Scott Redding at Aprilia.

It would also mean Pedrosa is near-certain to stay on at the Repsol-backed factory Honda team for what would be a 14th consecutive season next year.

Finally, it means Jorge Lorenzo is left with fewer options amid his ongoing struggles at Ducati, which has yet to make the Spaniard an offer to continue next year.

Should Lorenzo leave Ducati, Danilo Petrucci is in the best position to replace him, with Jack Miller likely to remain at the Pramac squad alongside Moto2 points leader Francesco Bagnaia.

shares
comments
Barcelona MotoGP testing: Maverick Vinales fastest as times tumble
Previous article

Barcelona MotoGP testing: Maverick Vinales fastest as times tumble

Next article

Lorenzo could ride 2019 satellite Yamaha as factory options dwindle

Lorenzo could ride 2019 satellite Yamaha as factory options dwindle
The signs the old Marquez is really back to trouble his MotoGP rivals Plus

The signs the old Marquez is really back to trouble his MotoGP rivals

OPINION: Marc Marquez has completed the first three races of his MotoGP comeback from a fourth major operation on his right arm and has already achieved more points than Honda scored in his absence. While there is still some way to go before he is ready to win races, there have been plenty of signs to suggest that the old Marquez really is back

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2022
The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes Plus

The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes

OPINION: For the fourth time in 2022, Francesco Bagnaia has made a costly error while battling other riders. Crashing while chasing one point at the Japanese Grand Prix has lost him eight to a struggling Fabio Quartararo. With just four rounds remaining and a history of errors in high-pressure situations, Bagnaia and Ducati need a serious rethink to stop its best opportunity of a title in 15 years slipping away

MotoGP
Sep 26, 2022
The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title Plus

The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title

Ducati has littered the grid with eight strong motorcycles that has ensured it has had at least one rider stand on the podium at every grand prix in 2022. The drama of the Aragon Grand Prix has thrust Francesco Bagnaia well and truly into title contention with five races to go, and Ducati must now consider utilising a unique strength it has so far been reticent to embrace

MotoGP
Sep 19, 2022
How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects Plus

How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects

Reigning Moto2 champion Remy Gardner’s career has been derailed by KTM’s decision not to retain him at Tech3 for 2023. Amid difficult circumstances, Gardner hasn’t shamed himself. But KTM’s apparent reasoning for dropping him raises questions about its handling of its young riders and the unrealistic expectations placed on them

MotoGP
Sep 6, 2022
Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP Plus

Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP

OPINION: Honda is in the midst of a second winless season in the space of three years. The absence of the injured Marc Marquez has been a major contributing factor, but HRC’s inability to alter its own approach has seen it slide down the order. Marquez returned to the MotoGP paddock in Austria and provided a rallying cry Honda needed to hear.

MotoGP
Aug 22, 2022
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022