Suzuki 2018 review

TEAM SUZUKI RACING news 34 2018 REVIEW Joan Mir is the newest acquisition of Team SUZUKI ECSTAR, a young rider that has already proven his talent winning the Moto3 World Title in 2017 before deciding to jump to MotoGP after only one year in Moto2. This somewhat daring choice put him in the spotlight, but the early tests in Valencia and Jerez showed that the young Mallorcan can be already ready to fight. “I go with the flow” JOAN MIR INTERVIEW “M y approach initially was just to take it easy and try to get familiar with the Suzuki GSX-RR.” said Joan Mir after his first go on the bike in Valencia. “The MotoGP machines have brutal acceleration and impressive braking power, there is a HUGE difference in speed compared to the Moto2 bikes, so the straights become shorter and more narrow, and the braking much longer. With so much power the main thing at the beginning is to master the situation. It requires a lot of concentration, only a tenth of a second of distraction and you find yourself out wide, with the bike just taking you around instead of you controlling it.” Even after a couple of runs on his GSX-RR, Mir had a clear idea how he could effectively ride the Suzuki MotoGP Machine: “I have to go with the flow. These bikes are much more effective when you ride smoothly, taking good lines and connecting all the corners. The corner exit is really important, you have to prepare for it and anticipate it in order to carry good speed and get ready for the next turn. This is a riding style that I lost during my time in Moto2 and I’m happy to find it here in MotoGP. I will enjoy finding my flow and I believe it will be the best way to perform well.” The young Spaniard started his experience in MotoGP with a solid performance, but he had his difficulties at the beginning: “During my first outings