Joan Mir affirms that defending the MotoGP title is a responsibility but not a pressure, since that is what he felt before reaching the World Championship.
The pilot of Suzuki He was proclaimed MotoGP world champion in 2020 at just 23 years old and in his second season in the premier class. Mir achieved it just five years and a month after his World Cup debut, as a substitute in the Australian Grand Prix 2015 of Moto3.
The progression of the Spaniard has been meteoric since then, winning the title of the smallest category in his second full season with 10 victories and breaking the record for points. After a single course in Moto2, in 2019 he reached MotoGP and the next he added his second world championship.
The # 36 He only won one race in 2020 and took the title regularly, the same strategy he has tried to follow this year without success. Weighed down by a GSX-RR who has lagged behind in 2021, Mir reaches the last three races of the year with no mathematical options to revalidate.
Despite having been the man to beat all year, Mir says he has not felt any pressure and compares this situation with his years before reaching the World Cup.
“One thing I have is that I am very realistic,” the one from Palma commented on the official MotoGP podcast. “When I saw that I was able to be at the same level as the rest, I thought I could be the best. So I started competing in the Spanish Championship.”
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“I remember that my father did not have money to pay a team and say ‘okay, we pay and so you have the opportunity’. I had to develop that skill and that talent from scratch, because if I was capable of winning a championship, then from another championship They see you and a team is interested in you. If you win, you have the opportunity to move up in the category, so that’s why I took it very seriously from a young age, because I didn’t have the opportunity to go to a team and pay. So I had to win in all the championships, which was quite difficult. “
“It is a lot of responsibility. Now, when they say that I have the pressure of the MotoGP title, I do not think this is pressure, that was pressure! If I was not able to win with a motorcycle that was not the best, the expectations were not the best ones and then nobody would hire you for the following season. I couldn’t afford to be in the same category for two years, but I had to prove it. “
“It wasn’t fun. The races weren’t fun because they were so intense. But this is part of the progress, and I love the progress and the process. I did enjoy the process, but not the races in those years. When I got to the World Championship already I was able to enjoy more, “he added.