MotoGP: ‘To ride for Repsol Honda is a big challenge’ – is Joan Mir on the cusp of joining Honda? | MotoGP

With just one race left before the summer break, the Suzuki rider’s future is expected to be decided very soon, and all signs point to him joining the most successful manufacturer in MotoGP history, Honda. .

Mir, who crashed out of German MotoGP on Sunday, has been struggling for form since Suzuki’s announcement that he will retire from MotoGP at the end of this season.

Both Mir and Alex Rins were title contenders en route to Le Mans, but three crashes in four races have completely derailed Mir’s hopes.

Mir’s last DNF came through ‘minor’ contact with Miguel Oliveira, although the consequences were far from minor.

“We decided to go out with the hard rear tire instead of the medium, and it meant I didn’t really have the feeling in the early laps,” said Mir.

“I expected that feeling to come as more laps passed and the tire warmed up, but after a few laps I still didn’t feel right.

“I had a close call with another rider [Oliveira] and a little tap, and then I went wide and lost the front. It’s a shame, but we won’t let this disappointment ruin our optimism or our work ethic, I’m feeling better with the bike and I’ll keep pushing for Assen.”

Despite feeling good with his GSX-RR, Mir has only the rest of this season to enjoy riding the Suzuki.

‘In my heart I will always be a Suzuki rider’ – Mir

While speaking to ITV, Mir was asked about the team switching and whether it is a situation that frightens him, as he has only been with the Hamamatsu-based manufacturer since joining MotoGP in 2019.

Mir added: “It certainly is. But I am sure that if we could find this harmony and this feeling within this team, we will find it in another team. In my heart I will always be a Suzuki rider to be.”

Will that harmony come to Honda alongside six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez?

After opting not to comment on his future for several weeks, Mir has given the biggest hint yet that he could join Repsol Honda.

About Marquez’s teammate, the Spaniard said: “Yes, this is true [not easy to team with Marquez]† Driving for Repsol Honda is a big challenge. It’s something that is such a difficult challenge for any rider in the paddock. But it’s not a bad option. Marc is a rider you can learn the most from. We shall see.”

Despite Honda having the status of the most successful manufacturer in MotoGP and therefore an attractive option for many riders, especially those looking to get a seat, the current issues are certainly a concern.

Without Marquez, Honda was again absolutely nowhere at the Sachsenring as Pol Espargaro retired due to fitness issues, Alex Marquez had ride height issues, Takaaki Nakagami crashed and Stefan Bradl set Moto2 lap times at the back of the field.

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