Joan Mir will remain with Suzuki in MotoGP until at least the end of 2022, the Japanese manufacturer announced this morning.
Mir completed a promising rookie season in the premier class last year having scored a best result of fifth in the Australian grand prix at Phillip Island, ending up 12th in the riders’ standings despite missing three races mid-season due to a testing injury inflicted at the official test at Brno.
The ’17 Moto3 world champion says he is “extremely happy” to remain with Suzuki going forward, the marque running an unchanged line-up for the next two seasons by virtue of having re-signed Alex Rins for the same contract duration last month.
“I’m extremely happy to sign with Suzuki for another two years – renewing is the best thing that could happen and it’s a dream come true again!,” said Mir.
“It’s really important for me to continue because now I have more time to learn and more time to show my potential.
“Two years can go by quickly, but I am ready to arrive at a higher level, and we are working every day to make that happen.
“I am also so pleased on a personal level because I have a really good team and crew around me.
“I really want to thank everyone at Suzuki for their confidence in me, and let’s see if I can get the results that we’re capable of.”
Mir stepped up to Suzuki’s premier class outfit having completed a single year in Moto2 with Marc VDS following his Moto3 title success.
The Spaniard enjoyed a solid campaign in the class, scoring four podiums-albeit with no victories-on his way to sixth overall, his potential winning Suzuki over.
While struggling to make an impression through most of his first year on the GSX-RR, Mir really started to get into his stride in the closing stages of the season.
He started to pushing more-experienced team-mate Rins harder and harder, promising an interesting match-up once the ’20 campaign finally gets underway.