Suzuki will have an unchanged rider line-up for the 2021 and 2022 seasons after Joan Mir followed in the wheeltracks of Alex Rins in signing a contract extension.

Mir, 22, becomes the sixth rider to confirm his place on next year's grid, while Suzuki joins only the factory Yamaha team in completing its future rider line-up.

"I'm happy to announce that I will continue with Suzuki for the 2021 and 2022 seasons," said Mir, currently awaiting the start of his second premier-class season.

"I would like to announce it under different circumstances, at a race, but this is how it is. I will be in these colours for a minimum of three years more. Thanks to Davide and Suzuki for their support and confidence in me.

"We are growing up every race and every test and I think we have a really good potential. 

"I hope to continue improving this season and then show much more in the next two seasons. My expectation is to be on top with Suzuki, to become one of the top riders in MotoGP.

"I think we can achieve it, which is why I chose Suzuki, who gave me the opportunity to join MotoGP after just one year in Moto2."

As with Rins' renewal, Suzuki is thought to have had first refusal on Mir for 2021.

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Team manager Davide Brivio added: “We are very happy to have reached an agreement with Joan Mir and have him complete our lineup for the next two years. We consider Joan a very talented rider and it is important to continue together to take full advantage of the experience that we have built so far and trying to improve even more. We are also happy to have a young team with two very strong riders such as Alex and Joan, which has always been our real target. This allows us to look to the future with confidence.

“I would like to thank Joan for trusting us with his future and also the whole Suzuki Motor Corporation who supports us. Being able to extend the agreements with both Alex Rins and Joan Mir during such an extraordinary and strange moment in history is a sign that give us high hopes for the future, and encouragement to all the fans to look ahead with positivity and optimism, with the hope of being able to get back on track as soon as possible.”
 
Mir joined MotoGP after just three seasons in the smaller classes, having dominated the 2017 Moto3 World Championship, then finishing sixth overall during a lone Moto2 campaign. The Suzuki deal was completed after only a handful of races in the intermediate class, with the factory seeing off rival interest from Honda and Ducati.
 
The smooth handling of the GSX-RR might mean it is labelled - like the Yamaha M1 - as a good bike for a rookie, but Mir was to experience some difficult early races before building momentum with a trio of top eights heading into the summer break. However, a huge testing accident caused by a technical problem at Brno left the 21-year-old with lung injuries and kept him sidelined for the next two rounds.

Despite the occasional breathing difficulty, Mir would pick up where he had left off on his return, finishing outside the top ten just once in the last seven races, including a best of fifth at Phillip Island. The Spaniard also showed he wasn't intimidated by the premier-class when fighting his corner after criticism from Danilo Petrucci at Sachsenring and a penalty from Race Direction for contact with Johann Zarco at Sepang.

Although Mir comfortably got the better of reigning Moto2 champion Francesco Bagnaia in the championship standings, both were blown away by the achievements of fellow rookie Fabio Quartararo. Mir, the only 2019 rookie at a factory team, will be expected to challenge the Frenchman much more closely this year, not to mention putting team-mate and double race winner Rins under pressure.

The signs in winter testing were positive, Mir proving a close match for Rins while many rivals cast envious glances at the strong form of the latest GSX-RR…