JOAN Mir wants to finish the 2022 season as well as possible before Suzuki withdraws from MotoGP, later this year.
On Thursday (12/5), the Japanese manufacturer officially announced plans to end its participation in the MotoGP event and is in discussions with Dorna Sports ahead of the French GP at Le Mans.
Rumors of Suzuki leaving the motor racing world’s most prestigious championship were widely reported in the media earlier this month, and Dorna, who is MotoGP’s commercial rights holder, said the manufacturer could not ‘take a unilateral decision because it is under contract until 2026’.
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“This is a situation that no one wants to hear about because we have worked for a very long time on this project, many people have worked on it longer than me,” Mir said on the MotoGP website.
“We gave everything for this brand and in the end we had to part ways at the end of the season,” said the Spaniard, who won the 2020 Suzuki world title.
Mir, currently, is sixth in the standings with 56 points, 13 points behind team mate Alex Rins and 33 points clear of Fabio Quartararo, who is top of the table after six races.
Suzuki has exited MotoGP before by leaving the premier class race after the 2011 season due to the economic recession. They returned to fully participate in 2015 until now.
In an official statement, Suzuki said, “The current economic situation and the need to focus efforts on the major changes that have faced the automotive world in recent years, forced Suzuki to divert budget and human resources to develop new technologies.”
Following this decision, Mir and his team crew are now faced with an unclear future for next year.
However, the driver remains committed to completing his duties this season well.
“As a rider, the only thing I can do is finish the season as best as I can for my team, to say goodbye in the best possible way,” said Mir, who is rumored to be close to Honda.
Regarding the option to race for next year, Mir will rely on his manager to find a seat in another team.
“I am calm about this, because my manager will do a good job, and soon we will hear good news about it, I don’t know when but of course from now on, or from Jerez I am officially in the market. Before all this happened, we negotiated with Suzuki, then about Honda nothing has been signed.”
“As I said, we are now in the market, of course my manager will talk to everyone, and we will judge in the end and make a decision for my future.” (Ant/OL-1)