Joan Mir complains: “Worst feeling of my life on a bike, I need answers”

Joan Mir has demanded “answers” from Honda after the “worst feeling of my life on a motorbike”.

Mir finished 21st in the sprint race at the Catalunya MotoGP, the latest in a series of woeful results since he joined Repsol Honda this season.

Honda’s struggles appear to be getting worse in Barcelona - on Friday, their four bikes were the four slowest in practice.

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A fuming Mir said after the sprint: “It is difficult for me to be in front of you and to speak about the race.

“I had the worst feeling of my life on a motorbike.

“It’s something unbelievable.

“I was losing in acceleration even to the other Honda! I don’t understand what happened.

“I know the grip is not fantastic. There is a lot of corners here which exploit our weak points, and we’re trying to survive with it.

“Honestly, I was not able to control the spin. I opened the throttle, I wasn’t moving.”

Mir, the 2020 MotoGP champion, had previously admitted to considering retiring due to his problems since joining Honda.

Joan Mir, MotoGP, Catalunya MotoGP, 2 September
Joan Mir, MotoGP, Catalunya MotoGP, 2 September

He demanded: “I’m in a moment where I need answers. I need to understand what’s happening.

“Everyone understands how to open the throttle. The other thing is to brake into the corners - where we are strong, we didn’t lose our braking.

“But what happened in the race was unacceptable.

“If you think deeply into what I’m saying - I brake, I go in with the others, no problem, but the moment that I open the throttle? I stay, they go!

“I really don’t understand what I have to do.

“The only thing I could do, which I was proud of, was to be consistent in lap times.

“I’m focused and want to do the job. But I can do more.

“I try to head into weekends with good moods and positivity, mentally in a good situation. But the other thing is patience - that’s another story.”

Asked if he had the authority within the team to make changes to his set-up, Mir replied: “I can do what I want because I’m a rider and I give comments. I don’t know what to do. 

“It’s the job of the guys in the team to find what I need to exploit my talent. Every rider knows how to ride the bike. The good things that I have, they don’t allow me to do it.”

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