Joan Mir becomes the first Suzuki rider in 20 years to lead the premier class championship but isn’t letting it get to him.
Joan Mir could be the first Suzuki champion since Kenny Roberts Jr way back in the year 2000 on the Suzuki RGV500 after taking the title lead from the hands of Fabio Quartararo who made this fairly easy for Mir after struggling with his front tyre during the race, dropping down the order.
Despite the rising pressure and chatter about the possibility of Mir taking the title, he has continued to bat people off who have said he could be champion, staying positive but not applying too much pressure to himself to perform.
“It was really positive because we took important championship points, I am disappointed and expected more in the last part of the race, I was saving a lot my tyre and being really smooth on the first laps and middle of the race. I think that we did not manage the tyres well which is a problem.” Said Mir who likely feels he could’ve won the race if it had played out a little better.
Speaking on the championship lead, Mir played it down as normal, saying, “I will not change the way I approach races, I will continue going race-by-race trying to score as many points as possible and win the race. In the last race [of the season], we will look at the championship and see where we are.”
Mir is clearly staying positive but not wanting to push himself too hard in the lead up to Portimao.
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