Last weekend at Le Mans, Davide Brivio did not hide the fact that Joan Mir is one rider he had on his list of potential future teammates for Alex Rins, whose continued place on the team was confirmed ahead of the start of the French GP. Along with young Mir on that list were the names of Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo. In addition to these three, there is a rider who will be Rins’ teammate for the next two years … And Suzuki will make the announcement as to who this will be before Mugello.
Negotiations with Lorenzo’s representative have been taking place for weeks, if not months, but the Spanish rider’s economic expectations and, more importantly, his attitude during these conversations have cooled both the possibilities and the “high” that the arrival of a star with Lorenzo’s curriculum should generate.
At this point, the Iannone is no longer an option. On the Sunday after the race, the rider from Vasto, Italy was officially informed that the team was negotiating with other riders “and that they believed they would not be in a position to make any offer, that it would be better to seek accommodation elsewhere”. Iannone’s good performances in the last few races did not serve to expunge Andrea’s attitude since his arrival among the ranks of Suzuki.
The Mir option, which is a “rare” bet – much in the style Suzuki -, repeats the strategy assumed with Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins that gave them such good results with both.
Finally there is the Mir option, which is a “rare” bet – much in the style Suzuki. If he does become the selected rider, Davide Brivio would repeat the proposal he presented to Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins and that gave him such good results with both. But the problem with such an approach is that a Rins/Mir team would put the team out of the running for the championship—due to their lack of experience and “immaturity” in MotoGP—and it would also mean making the engineers work with two riders with little and no experience, respectively, in developing a motorcycle … A risky position without a doubt.
The arrival of Mir depends on resolving the contractual agreement he signed when he was in Moto3
The arrival of Mir also depends on resolving the contractual situation that he has with Honda. He has an agreement signed when he was in Moto3, for which the Japanese factory has the right of first refusal on any offer that he may receive when he goes to MotoGP. That is, if Suzuki has made or is going to make a formal offer, Honda can match it, and Mir would have to go with Honda. On which team? As Marc Marquez’s teammate.
It sounds confusing, but that’s exactly what was negotiated over the French GP weekend. Will Mir end up in Suzuki blue or Team Repsol orange?