Joan Mir confirmed at Suzuki for MotoGP 2019 and 2020

Rennie Scaysbrook | June 11, 2018

Joan Mir confirmed at Suzuki for MotoGP 2019 and 2020—One of the final pieces of the 2019 MotoGP puzzle has been placed with 2017 Moto3 World Champion Joan Mir confirmed at Suzuki for the next two seasons.

Joan Mir confirmed at Suzuki for MotoGP 2019 and 2020

Joan Mir signs for Suzuki in MotoGP
He’s good and Suzuki knows it. Mir will be in blue next year in MotoGP.

Mir has been a sensation since moving up to the Moto2 Championship with Marc VDS Kalex in 2018 and had long been on Suzuki’s shopping list for a seat in the big time.

“As a team, we have always tried to look forward to long-term development plans, which includes also making some bets on young riders that we feel can be an investment for the future,” explains Shinichi Sahara, Project Leader. “We did it in our debut year in 2015, we did it again in 2017 when we signed the debutant Alex Rins, who has been confirmed also this year, and we are further confirming this with the agreement with Joan Mir.”

Team manager Davide Brivio was extremely excited by the signing of a rider dubbed the “new Marquez” and won’t want a repeat of what happened with Maverick Vinales, whom they lost to Yamaha at a crucial time at the end of 2016 when Jorge Lorenzo departed for the factory Ducati team.

“Joan Mir is only 20 years old now, already a World Champion with an impressive 10 wins last year and he has already proven several skills,” says Brivio. “He is fierce, he is witty, he is nice and he can be very fast. All the characteristics that we like to search for in a young rider, who wants to join us not only for the prestige of a factory machine in the top class but most of all because he believes in our racing project. Talking to him I realized how much he has a clear mind, how much he liked our Suzuki project and wanted to join us.”

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