MotoGP
28 Mar
FP1 in
18 days
R
Doha GP
02 Apr
Next event in
25 days
R
Portugal GP
16 Apr
Next event in
39 days
R
Spanish GP
29 Apr
Next event in
52 days
R
French GP
13 May
Next event in
66 days
R
Italian GP
27 May
Next event in
80 days
R
Catalan GP
03 Jun
Next event in
87 days
R
German GP
17 Jun
Next event in
101 days
R
Dutch GP
24 Jun
Next event in
108 days
R
Finnish GP
08 Jul
Next event in
122 days
R
Austrian GP
12 Aug
Next event in
157 days
R
British GP
26 Aug
Next event in
171 days
R
Aragon GP
09 Sep
Next event in
185 days
R
San Marino GP
16 Sep
Next event in
192 days
R
Japanese GP
30 Sep
Next event in
206 days
R
Thailand GP
07 Oct
Next event in
213 days
R
Australian GP
21 Oct
Next event in
227 days
R
Malaysian GP
28 Oct
Next event in
234 days
R
Valencia GP
11 Nov
Next event in
248 days

Mir says one bad MotoGP race "is allowed"

Joan Mir says "one bad race is allowed" this season after finishing 11th and ceding two more points to Fabio Quartararo in the standings in the MotoGP French Grand Prix.

Mir says one bad MotoGP race "is allowed"

The Suzuki rider struggled to 14th in qualifying, having been unable to get temperature in his tyres at a cold Le Mans, an issue which persisted in Sunday's wet French GP.

Mir dropped to 15th on the opening lap after being forced off track at the Dunlop chicane by Valentino Rossi's crash, and would fall to 19th by the third tour before his pace improved as his rear medium rain tyre got up to temperature.

He engaged in a last-lap battle with title rival Quartararo for ninth, but was bested by the SRT rider and was dropped to 11th by the works Yamaha of Maverick Vinales.

Quartararo is now 10 points clear of Mir in the standings, but the Suzuki rider admits Quartararo's win-threatening pace in the dry meant Sunday's end result was acceptable damage limitation.

"I think that both of us we are not in the positions that we expect or that the people expect us to be," Mir said when asked by Motorsport.com if he was relieved to see Quartararo struggling as much as he was.

"It was OK because in dry conditions he had something more than the other people, so probably he could have had the chance of victory today.

"I was not one of the fastest in dry conditions to fight for the victory. So, probably we will be able to improve on our 11th position for sure and fight for the top five.

"But, at the end, top five and [if] he took a victory would be more of a difference in the point.

"So, it was OK like this. To make one bad race is allowed, but what we can't do is repeat this performance in Aragon."

In the closing stages, Mir was one of only a handful of riders to be lapping in the 1m43s, which was quicker than what the podium trio were managing.

Mir also takes solace in the fact teammate Alex Rins on the same medium rear tyre was able to carve his way up the order early on and mount a challenge for victory before a late crash.

"The problem was going into the corner, the rear was coming around and was difficult to control," he explained of his grip issues.

"So, I don't know. What is nice is Alex was really strong at the beginning of the race and now we can see what happened, to compare the bikes, to compare the data, because I was stronger in the second part of the race.

"Me, [Johann] Zarco, Maverick were fastest. It's important to understand what happened."

shares
comments
Petrucci felt "nobody trusted me" when he lost Ducati seat

Previous article

Petrucci felt "nobody trusted me" when he lost Ducati seat

Next article

Rossi “didn’t understand” why he crashed in French GP

Rossi “didn’t understand” why he crashed in French GP
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event French GP
Drivers Joan Mir
Author Lewis Duncan
Why Alex Marquez doesn't care about 'shutting up' MotoGP critics Prime

Why Alex Marquez doesn't care about 'shutting up' MotoGP critics

Alex Marquez's form was one of MotoGP 2020's biggest surprises and, by firmly stepping out of his six-time world champion brother Marc's shadow, he proved a few people wrong. Not that he cares about this, as he tells Lewis Duncan

MotoGP
Feb 20, 2021
How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales Prime

How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales

After the electrifying start to his Yamaha MotoGP career in 2017, Maverick Vinales has struggled for consistency. Many anticipate that the arrival of Fabio Quartararo could spell disaster, but the departure of Valentino Rossi could be just the impetus he needs.

MotoGP
Feb 16, 2021
Does KTM really need 'super engine' for MotoGP title challenge? Prime

Does KTM really need 'super engine' for MotoGP title challenge?

Fears from rival MotoGP manufacturers that KTM would build a 'super engine' for 2021 have ultimately come to nothing with the revealation that the RC16 hasn't been radically changed over the winter. But does it really need that to win the title?

MotoGP
Feb 13, 2021
How Ducati's latest Aussie union can return it to MotoGP glory Prime

How Ducati's latest Aussie union can return it to MotoGP glory

Australians on Ducatis is an iconic partnership, the marque's last one yielding its sole MotoGP crown to date. But its latest Aussie union with the often underestimated Jack Miller can end this drought.

MotoGP
Feb 10, 2021
The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats Prime

The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats

Senna vs Prost is regularly cited as motorsport's greatest rivalry. But it can easily be argued Rainey vs Schwantz can stake that claim. That rivalry was in full swing during the 1991 500cc season, remembered fondly by both stars 30 years on...

MotoGP
Jan 19, 2021
The "warrior" MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back Prime

The "warrior" MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back

The 2020 MotoGP campaign featured a standout pair of rookies, but one flew under the radar as he adjusted to a shock step-up armed with very little racing experience. However as his veteran team boss explains, the faith shown in him was not misplaced

MotoGP
Jan 18, 2021
Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within Prime

Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within

With its charismatic leader Davide Brivio leaving for Formula 1, the Suzuki MotoGP squad he turned into a world championship-winning force in 2020 has a major recruitment headache that it needs to resolve carefully.

MotoGP
Jan 9, 2021
Why Alpine's latest signing could be its best hope of F1 glory Prime

Why Alpine's latest signing could be its best hope of F1 glory

The return of Fernando Alonso to the renamed Alpine team is a sure sign of the team's ambition. But its latest appointment from MotoGP could be an even bigger coup as it seeks to end a barren run stretching back to Alonso's 2006 world title

Formula 1
Jan 7, 2021