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MotoGP Silverstone: Joan Mir pushes ‘very hard just to have a chance’, encounters front tire problems | MotoGP

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The Suzuki rider, like his teammate Alex Rins, got off to a brilliant start in British MotoGP breaking into the top ten and setting himself up for a very strong result.

And after passing Aleix Espargaro for 7th place, Mir saw his progress halted behind championship leader Fabio Quartararo.

Mir tried to take sixth from the Yamaha rider, but after failing front tire pressure became a significant issue for the 2020 world champion.

Stuck in the middle of the leading group, Mir lost the front end of his GSX-RR, a corner that surprised several riders throughout the weekend.

If Mir hadn’t crashed, it’s possible he could have gained other positions, especially since Quartararo started to struggle in the closing stages. However, looking at the performance of his teammate Rins, the 2019 Silverstone winner also encountered tire issues in the final stages despite using the hard rear tyre.

“I was coming from the back and getting closer and closer to the group, but once there I was struggling to stop the bike behind three of the four riders,” Mir told MotoGP.com.

“I was getting close to them every time, but once I was there I started having problems with the front end. I didn’t expect to lose the front end at turn seven, but those things can to arrive.

“I’m quite happy with the pace we showed during the race. We finished the race quite strong.

“Let’s take the right information because we were behind the best and we could see something interesting for the future to improve our bike.”

Mir on the limit just to ‘have a chance’ of fighting for MotoGP podiums

One of the most consistent riders since entering the premier class, Mir has been anything but that throughout the 2022 season.

While Suzuki’s announcement that they would be leaving MotoGP at the end of this season has not helped matters, Mir says his lack of consistency is down to the fact that he has always driven on the limit.

When asked why his consistency wasn’t as good as in previous years, Mir said: “Well, I have to push really hard just to be in the group, to overtake, to have a chance. We don’t “We haven’t been riding in those conditions all weekend. And the pressures probably weren’t perfect for us and those things can happen. We don’t need to think too much and keep working.”