Joan Mir heads into the first of four Spanish MotoGP rounds on the 2021 calendar aiming for his second podium of the season. 

Last year’s World Champion managed to turn a third row starting position into a third place finish ten days ago, a story we saw unfold on many occasions in 2020. 

"I was really pleased to be on the podium in Portugal, and I want to match this result and better it. My goal is to be in the top three every race if possible!," added Mir. 

During his three MotoGP seasons to date, Mir is yet to finish on the podium at Jerez with a fifth place result the best he’s managed so far, which came at last year’s Andalusian Grand Prix. 

However, Mir believes the GSR-RR has the potential to be ‘strong’, even though the competition this year is ‘higher than normal’. 

"Here at Jerez I think our bike can be strong, and it’s a circuit I like a lot, but I’m also expecting the competition level to be really high - even more than normal - because all the riders know this circuit very well and in general the level is extremely high this year. 

"But as usual I will aim to put in the best performance possible and bring Suzuki a nice result and a bunch of points."

The Portuguese Grand Prix was the first race this year where Suzuki contended for the win before Alex Rins crashed out, which will be a positive sign heading into a section of the campaign where Suzuki were strong just a few months ago.