Joan Mir

Joan Mir
Country: 
Full Name: 
Joan Mir
Birth Date: 
1 September, 1997
Birth Place: 
Palma, Spain
Driver Status: 
Current

1
Championship Titles

31
Races
1
Wins
0
Poles
1
Titles

Joan Mir Biography

Joan Mir will compete with Team Suzuki Ecstar for the 2021 MotoGP World Championship for what will be his third season with both the manufacturer and in the top flight as he seeks to defend his 2020 title.

The Spaniard caused a huge upset by emerging as the 2020 MotoGP title winner in what was only his fifth season of grand prix competition, his metronomic consistency ensuring his single victory was enough to succeed in a shortened campaign.

Joan Mir - MotoGP Statistics

Joan Mir MotoGP Career Statistics
2021 - Team Suzuki Ecstar
-Races31
-Wins1
-Podiums7
-Pole Positions0
-Best Race Finish1st
-2020 MotoGP Championship Standing1st

Joan Mir - Route to MotoGP

Catching the eye in his second Red Bull Rookies Cup campaign in 2014, Joan Mir finished runner-up to Jorge Martin which set up a move into the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship for 2015. Despite an impressive start with four wins in the opening six races he faded as the campaign went on to slip to fourth place in the riders’ championship.

Mir made his Grand Prix debut in the 2015 Australian Moto3 race for Leopard Racing, filling in for the injured Hiroki Ono, but crashed out after clashing with John McPhee. But Mir’s 2015 efforts were enough to secure him a full-time ride in Moto3 with Leopard Racing and he stormed to fifth place in the riders’ standings as top rookie.

The Spaniard stuck with Leopard Racing for 2017 in Moto3 and a switch from KTM to Honda proved key as he dominated to the world title with 10 wins from 18 races – only failing to score points in Japan – and quickly drew comparisons to Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi for his title domination.

It paved the way to Moto2 with front-runners Marc VDS and once again Mir became the standout rookie by taking sixth place in the 2018 Moto2 riders’ standings. Mir’s fast adaption and unquestionable speed attracted the factory Suzuki MotoGP squad and he signed a two-year deal to replace Andrea Iannone at the Japanese squad.

 

Joan Mir in MotoGP

Suzuki (2019 - Present)

One of four rookie riders debuting in 2019, Mir came to MotoGP with Suzuki on the strength of winning the Moto3 world title in 2017 and showing encouraging form at Moto2 level.

It made him something of an unknown quantity on the big bikes and a true test of Suzuki's commitment to honing fresh talent at the highest level instead of setting lofty targets on the intermediate stage.

Showing solid, if unspectacular form initially, Mir nonetheless showed flashes of his potential with a run to the top six in only his seventh outing at Catalunya before a dramatic high-speed testing smash at Brno - which left parts of his bike hanging from the trees after it vaulted the barrier - forced him to miss two races.

On his return Mir got back to decent form, landing a maiden top five finish in Australia to end the year 12th overall ahead of fellow Moto23 graduates Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira.

For 2020, Mir came into the year looking to build on that promise but few were looking his way for a potential title tilt in the absence of Marc Marquez. Indeed, two DNFs from the opening three races did nothing to highlight his potential but the paddock would be made to sit up and take notice in Rounds 4 and 5 in Austria when he scored a maiden podium in the former and should have won the latter but for an erroneously timed red flag leaving him vulnerable at the restart.

Nonetheless, these results would kick-start a number of eye-catching performances with a run of five podiums from the next six races, often achieved by strong late race charges that demonstrated both his and the Suzuki's abilities to protect its tyres.

Together with inconsistent results around him, Mir suddenly found himself in the mix at the top of the standings and with three rounds to go rammed home the advantage with a first timely victory in Valencia, one that gave him a healthy lead overall. With two rounds remaining, Mir set up a match point in the second Valencia race and duly kicked home the winner.

A first premier class title for Suzuki since 2000, Mir will remain with the manufacturer as he attempts to defend his crown