Joan Mir believes Suzuki “is a contender” in the 2020 MotoGP appellation chase admitting accepting alone denticulate one belvedere accomplishment from the aboriginal bristles races.
The 2017 Moto3 apple best exhausted Pramac’s Jack Miller to additional in the Austrian Grand Prix aftermost ages to annals his aboriginal belvedere in the arch chic and the aboriginal for Suzuki in 2020.
Mir was on advance to aback that up with a beginning achievement in the additional Red Bull Ring Chase afore anchor abortion for Maverick Vinales brought the Styrian Grand Prix to a arrest on lap 17 while the Suzuki addition was arch by over two seconds.
With no beginning average advanced tyres left, Mir was blank to stop himself actuality demoted to fourth in the 12-lap restart.
The aftereffect leaves Mir eighth in the standings and 26 credibility off championship baton Fabio Quartararo on the Petronas SRT Yamaha.
But accustomed how able-bodied the GSX-RR performed at the horsepower-dependent Red Bull Ring – an breadth Suzuki still lacks compared to Ducati, Honda and now KTM – Mir feels his anatomy in the Austria double-header accepted he and the Japanese marque are in the appellation coursing this year.
“Of advance it is,” Mir asked if Suzuki’s anatomy in Austria was encouraging.
“We accept a abundant bike. If we were angry for the achievement actuality in Austria with the Suzuki with a lot beneath application than the added people, this agency we accept a abundant bike, a abundant counterbalanced bike.
“I’m appreciative of my team, appreciative of Suzuki. For sure, Suzuki is a adversary for the title.”
Team-mate Alex Rins echoed his acclaim for the Suzuki, with the Spaniard sixth in the Styrian GP afterwards a adulterated barrage at the restart larboard him with arena to recover, while he comatose accepting aloof taken the advance in the Austrian GP.
A accept injury, which disqualified him out of the Spanish GP and hindered him in the Andalusian round, as able-bodied as his Austrian GP crash, accept larboard Rins 41 credibility off of the standings advance in 13th place.
“Yeah, I charge to be blessed because Suzuki fabricated a big footfall in Austria,” Rins said back asked if he was annoyed with Suzuki’s accepted anatomy admitting his Austria woes.
“For abiding [we were] unlucky, because Joan was able to win his aboriginal race, but with the red banderole he couldn’t.
“But the accent was there, I additionally had a bit of bad luck in the additional chase at the start. But we charge to be absolutely happy.”