Everything is going fast in MotoGP…And not just on the track. In the backstage there are many things going on and the focus is especially on 2021. All the riders are looking for the best option and all the teams are keeping an eye on the youngsters. Ducati has already signed Francesco Bagnaia, for example, but there’s another Moto2 rider many people are interested in: Joan Mir. He’s just 20, but in France he’s scored his first podium in Moto2 at his fifth race in the championship.JEWEL – Joan Mir is the reigning Moto3 World Champion, result achieved last year on a Honda. And it’s HRC who would like him to replace Dani Pedrosa from 2020. But they should be careful, because also Suzuki aims for signing him. Davide Brivio has already said he wants a young rider as Alex Rins’ team-mate. We remind you that Rins has already been reconfirmed by Suzuki for the next two seasons.
MANAGER – Suzuki could be a dangerous rival, even if you are HRC. Mir’s manager is Paco Sánchez, who also manages Maverick Viñales’ interests. And we know what Viñales rode before joining Yamaha…Mir prefers not to tell about his future and so it’s his manager who does it. And Paco Sánchez says: “I can say that Honda, Suzuki and Ducati are interested in him. He wants to join MotoGP field with a good team and a good bike. There are still many riders available such as Pedrosa, Iannone or Lorenzo. And there are not so many seats left. Joan is on top of the three manufacturer’s wishlists. We hope to find an agreement very soon. At the moment, he will 90% race in MotoGPnext year.”
OPPORTUNITY – So also Ducati wants Mir. Currently he has a long-term agreement with Marc VDS Team, but he should be able to leave them if he finds a Factory seat. For Mir it’s a “love it or leave it” moment, because if he waits too much he would go to MotoP just in 2021. Moreover, in 2019 Moto2 will switch to Triumph engines and nobody knows what will happen. His manager says: “Joan is not 16, he’s already turned 20 and he’s been training on a 1000cc bike for a long time. I think he’s ready for MotoGP”. Well, he’s right.