Second consecutive podium for Joan Mir, which with the latest results has clawed the third position in the drivers’ standings. Of course, the gap from Fabio Quartararo is heavy (-51) and to talk about a Mir capable of repeating the exploit of 2020 it would take more than a zero of the Diablo. But the Red Bull Ring delivered a package found, the one composed by the Spaniard and his Suzuki, very fast on the Austrian track and capable of being the only one to build a minimum of contradiction to Jorge Martin despite the difference in engine and acceleration. Mir therefore thanked the Hamamatsu technicians, who worked hard in the summer to improve the bike.
“I knew Jorge was very strong here. And when he is in the best conditions he is able to do these races, like in Qatar. He went great, he managed the perfect race. He saved some rubber and in the end he had some left to push“, He told Sky Sport MotoGP. “I tried to stay there at the beginning, I felt good with the bike, but when the tire started to drop I lost even more in acceleration in the first two sectors; making up all the gap in the third and fourth sectors was hard, I was struggling. But I am proud of the team, because he did a great job this summer in Japan and brought what we were missing. One of those things we lacked was this device (the new lowering device, ed). Certainly when we didn’t have it we didn’t show today’s performance, in the end this it allows us to leave under the same conditions as the others. In the beginning we were the only ones who didn’t wear it, now it feels, the bike accelerates more and on this track it matters a lot. In the end for one reason or another in Austria we are always competitive, and it’s strange because our strength is not acceleration. Brivio’s presence? I think it didn’t help me, it helped me work from Japan. But seeing him in the pits was like going back to 2020!“.