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Mir ‘doesn’t give a shit’ about MotoGP title defence critics

The Suzuki rider didn’t win a race in 2021 and only scored six podiums on his way to third in the standings, 70 points down on title winner Fabio Quartararo.

Mir was hampered by a lack of development on the 2021 GSX-RR relative to its championship-winning predecessor.

Reflecting on the 2021 campaign, Mir insists he extracted everything he could from the GSX-RR but could do no more than he did this year.

“It’s true that I didn’t win, but what anybody can’t say is I didn’t give 100% of the bike,” Mir said.

“This is clear, and also inside of me I’m really disappointed.

“But I will sleep well during all the year because I couldn’t do better.

“If somebody believes me, it’s fine for me. If someone says that I did the worst defence of the title in history, welcome again.

“But they have to live inside everything to understand the situation and know a bit more before doing such comments.

“But I don’t give a shit about those people, honestly.”

Davide Brivio, Joan Mir, Team Suzuki

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Internal upheaval also affected Suzuki’s season, with long-time team manager Davide Brivio leaving on the eve of pre-season testing.

Suzuki elected against replacing Brivio directly, but the team lost some of the unity it previously had under Brivio.

However, Mir believes Suzuki “will be stronger” going forward based on what it learned this season.

“Also, if you have inside your team a winner, also it’s difficult to manage for him,” he added.

“All this pressure I put to myself during all this season was huge.

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“Also, I think from this situation that we lived, that Suzuki lived this year, we will be stronger in the future because this year we learned many things about how difficult it is to win in MotoGP.

“It’s not enough to do what you have to do, you have to do more to win the title. And not only the rider – all the people inside the team.”


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