Joan Mir took his worst qualifying position of the year so far at Le Mans after saying he will work to improve qualifying before the weekend started.
Joan Mir is in a title fight with Fabio Quartararo, yet despite this, is struggling to qualify well race by race, finishing around 10th place and even missing Q2 completely on occasion. He is fortunate that his Sunday pace is on his side and he has scored 5 podiums in the last 6 races, however, if he wants to mount a serious title fight, his Saturday performance needs to improve before he ends up like Dovizioso at Catalunya, getting caught up in a crash due to the traffic.
It is the thorn in Mir’s side this season and could truly be detrimental to his title fight, he can take solace in the fact that his teammate Alex Rins finished in P16, but if Suzuki want a serious title fight they need to do better than this.
Suzuki have struggled a lot this weekend, unable to find a good set up for the bike due to the rain, “I am struggling a lot, I am not very competitive at the moment,” said Mir.
The weekend has been affected by bad weather and we have not seen riders performing at their best, with these bad conditions, Mir has not been able to feel comfortable on the track and therefore not put a good qualifying time in, this along with his FP3 crash which demoted him to Q1 has dampered the weekend.
“[The weather] is making everything really hard, we are working on this, we are not done and can improve but I don’t feel great on the bike, I don’t feel nice and the lap times don’t come easy,” he said.
Mir is well and truly a Sunday man and he has proven this, if he wants to continue his title fight, he will need to avoid the inevitable Turn 2 chaos tomorrow.
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