Motorcycle News - Joan Mir Will Make His MotoGP Debut with Suzuki ECSTAR in 2019
A successful Moto3 World Champion and current Moto2 racer, young 20-year-old Joan Mir has inked a two-year deal with Suzuki ECSTAR to move up to the premier MotoGP class in 2019 and 2020. As reported earlier last week, Andrea Iannone, who’s seat Mir will be taking, is moving to race with Aprilia.
Team Suzuki Press Office – June 11.
Suzuki Motor Corporation is happy to announce Joan Mir as a factory rider in MotoGP with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, partnering Alex Rins aboard the Factory GSX-RR.
Joan Mir is a young talent (20 years old) from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, who has already shown excellent skill and competitiveness in his riding, both in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes. The two-year agreement will allow the Spaniard to debut in the Top Class after only one year in the intermediate class, lining up alongside the already confirmed Alex Rins in the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR garage.
Mir debuted in the World Championship in 2015, at the Australian GP in the Moto3 class, and raced in the same class for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Despite being a learning year for him, in 2016 he managed three podiums with a first, a second and a third place, but most importantly he got the necessary confidence to be absolutely fit and ready the next year to fight for the title. And he did, indeed, succeed: ten victories, two second places and one third place for a total of 13 podiums (with 1 pole position) gave him 341 points and the crown of 2017 Moto3 World Champion.
In his debut year in Moto2, where he is racing now, he has already achieved two podiums (both with third place) in Le Mans and Mugello a few weeks ago and he is currently 5th in the standings.
The signature of Joan Mir as partner to Alex Rins is a matter of continuity in Team Suzuki’s philosophy of continuously searching for young talents to welcome and help to grow. After two years of experience with the GSX-RR and a contract of two more years ahead, Rins can honestly be considered a pillar of the MotoGP project for Suzuki, and his experience will be useful also to the young Joan Mir to get acquainted quickly with the team, the machine and the class.
Shinichi Sahara – Project Leader:
Davide Brivio – Team Manager:
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June 12, 2018 at 11:23AM