Very prominent since this summer, Joan Mir took first place in the championship on Sunday by securing a new podium at the Grand Prix of Aragón, while Maverick Viñales and Andrea Dovizioso were deprived of it and Fabio Quartararo experienced a devastating poor performance for his own ambitions. However, the standings are still particularly tight, since only 15 points separate the four men.
Among them, Mir is the only one who has failed to rise to the top step at this point in the season. On the other hand, he is the one who has been classified most often in the top 3, since he has five podiums – all obtained in the last seven races – against two to three for his opponents. This desire to collect big points on a regular basis is the strategy that the Suzuki rider intends to maintain, without letting his new leadership position turn his head.
“It is true that we display serious consistency”, constate Joan Mir. “It’s probably the hardest part about this championship, to always be on the podium, even when you have problems. It’s easier to win when you have the bike and everything is going well for you, But what’s important is getting good results and podiums despite everything when you’re in trouble, that’s why I’m leading the championship now, and that’s key in every race. “
“And then it’s also the way I approach the championship: I advance race after race, I don’t care so much about the championship – even if I care more and more with each race! cares in any case probably less than other drivers. I want the title just as much as they do, but I know that what I’m looking for is victory. I’m not going to change my approach to racing, I will continue like that, trying to get a win and then if I have enough points I’ll start thinking about the championship. “
“I think I’m the most consistent driver right now. Frankly, I think I can be able to defend that first place. But the reality is that I’m not going to go to the next race just to defend the title, this Would be a big mistake. I’m just going to go race after race, try to win, make podiums, then in the last two races I’m going to look at where I am and then we will start making plans. “
A complicated end of the race
Heralded as one of the biggest threats for Yamaha ahead of the Aragón race, Joan Mir finally had to settle for third place where his teammate, Álex Rins, found the resources to win. Contrary to his habits, the Mallorcan appeared somewhat in difficulty in the last laps, which he puts down to a soft front tire warmer and more worn than he would have liked, after having passed the almost all of the race in the wake of other machines. Picked up by the two leaders in the last two laps, he even came close to being caught by Maverick Viñales, whom he had nevertheless passed shortly after halfway.
“It was very positive, because we took some important points for the championship. But, frankly, I’m a little disappointed, because I expected to do a little better in the last part of the race”, he admitted at the microphone of the official MotoGP website. “I saved a lot on the rear tire, being very soft in the first laps and in the middle of the race. But I had problems with the left side of the soft tire. With these temperatures, and probably being behind some riders. , I had problems. I think we didn’t manage the way to use this tire well. “
“At one point I was able to get past Viñales, then I quickly caught up with Rins, and then in the last seven or eight laps I started to struggle with the front of the bike. higher than we had this weekend and making the right choice for the race by following drivers, it’s not easy. So I lost a bit of performance in the last six laps. “
“It’s a shame because at one point I felt very strong, but it was not my day to win: it was the day to take the lead in the championship, and that I’m very happy about it. . We will try to solve our problem for the last part of the race, which is normally our biggest strength, in order to do better next weekend. “
With Vincent Lalanne-Sicaud
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