Post-penalty Austin speed leaves Mir feeling "angry"

Suzuki MotoGP rookie Joan Mir says the speed he demonstrated after his jump-start penalty at Austin left him feeling "angry".

Post-penalty Austin speed leaves Mir feeling "angry"

Moto2 graduate Mir was one of two riders to be handed a ride-through penalty for jumping the start at the Circuit of the Americas, the other being Yamaha's Maverick Vinales.

But while Vinales was able to battle his way back into the points, Mir finally finished down in 17th, marking his second consecutive non-score after his Argentina DNF.

The Suzuki rider finished 48 seconds down on his race-winning teammate Alex Rins, meaning he could have potentially finished in the top five without the time loss of his ride-through.

"I think I didn’t gain any time in the movement," said Mir. "I’m not able to see it on TV, it’s something really small. I think in these cases the penalty is too much. It ruined my race.

"I think the solution could be the Long Lap in these cases. But I don’t see clear.

"Anyway, we had a great pace all the race, this is a shame. Every time I see the pace we have compared to the others, it makes me angrier. But ok, it is what it is.

"We have to see what would be the solution in this case, but again it was a shame.

"I’m looking forward, because after two races of really bad luck, we deserve a great result. We will find it in Jerez, I hope, we will see."

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

Riders debate penalty in Safety Commission

Cal Crutchlow's controversial Argentina penalty caused the topic of jump-start penalties to be discussed in Friday's meeting of the Safety Commission in Austin.

Valentino Rossi said many riders were in agreement that the penalty should be changed to having to use the Long Lap, which Vinales mistakenly served before finally coming in for his ride-through.

But the Italian underlined that changing the rule mid-year would be unfair on Crutchlow.

"For sure the penalty is too high," said Rossi. "The ride-through, you lose 30, 35 seconds and the race is over. Maybe we have to think about something smaller.

"We talk about the Long Lap [in the Safety Commission] but a lot people are agreed, but Cal said, 'I already took the bigger penalty, so now if we change the rules, I am disadvantaged."

Jack Miller added: "The discussion keeps going, if we look back to rules changing after people get f***ed over by the rules, look back to Argentina last year!"

Rossi concluded by saying: "Maybe a good thing is to try and change [the rule] for next year."

Jack Miller, Pramac Racing, race start

Jack Miller, Pramac Racing, race start

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

shares
comments
Lorenzo made "strange mistakes" before bike failure

Previous article

Lorenzo made "strange mistakes" before bike failure

Next article

The MotoGP model that proves F1 B-teams' worth

The MotoGP model that proves F1 B-teams' worth
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Americas GP
Drivers Joan Mir
Teams Team Suzuki MotoGP
Author Jamie Klein
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021
How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Prime

How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021 after storming to victory at a venue five months earlier served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha's factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend did at least expose one key improvement compared to 2020

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2021
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Prime

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come...

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return? Prime

Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021