Much is being talked about this weekend in Mugello about the future of Joan Mir. The Spanish rider is clear that next year will be up in a MotoGP, and also will do it in a big way, backed by some of the best factories in the championship.
Before arriving in Italy, everything pointed to Joan Mir being a Suzuki rider for the next two seasons. This was published by several specialized media throughout this last week, closing the jump from the current Moto3 world champion to MotoGP next to the Hamamatsu factory.
In fact, Andrea Iannone himself already announced on Thursday that his future will be out of Suzuki beyond December 31, statements that seemed to leave free field for the Japanese factory to officially make the arrival of Mir in Mugello.
However, the manager of Joan Mir, Paco Sánchez, has assured in Italy that his rider has not yet signed any contract to jump to MotoGP in 2019, and reveals that Honda has transferred a new offer after the news of the alleged signing of Joan Mir for Suzuki: “After the news that Joan had reached an agreement with Suzuki, three hours later I received a new offer from Honda,” Paco Sánchez tells GPone.com “And the next day a call from Ducati. because nothing official has been signed, and the mentioned brands are talking to four or five riders like Lorenzo, Petrucci, Iannone and Pedrosa, all with talent and a lot of experience. ”
The manager of Joan Mir trusts to leave closed the future of his rider this same weekend. Coincidence or not, tomorrow will the whole band of Honda Japan in Mugello, including its president in Europe, Yasuhshi Okamoto, and the CEO of the company, Takahiro Hachigo, a news that Manuel Pecino has advanced today: “I hope and believe we can close all this weekend, or at least before Barcelona. Some Spanish journalists have taken for granted the signing of the contract [with Suzuki], but it is false, a contract signed at 1% or 99% is the same as a nonexistent contract. ”
Not only Suzuki and Honda aspire to have the services of Joan Mir. Several months ago, the Ducati sports director, Paolo Ciabatti, confessed that Borgo Panigale’s factory was following closely the steps of the Spaniard, and this was confirmed by Paco Sánchez: “At the beginning of the season I received a phone call from Paolo Campinoti [owner of the Pramac team] who offered me an official motorbike inside his team, but I refused because I’m looking for an official team for Joan. As a result, he warned me that he would hire Pecco Bagnaia. It was a risk to say no, but I did it because I’m talking to different factories. The work I’m doing has not started in these weeks, it started since last season. In Le Mans, I received a call from Ciabatti and Dall’Igna to offer me a seat in the official team, so that now with Ducati we speak about an official team “.
In the case of Joan Mir, he ended up accepting the offer of HRC, he would end up as a teammate of Marc Márquez, the best rider of the premier class of the last five years. A situation that does not scare either Mir or his manager: “I think being next to the best rider of the moment [Marc Márquez] can be a great opportunity to grow, and Joan would not be forced to beat him.” Maybe if he was in the box with Dovizioso or Rins he could try to beat them first, but the Repsol team is different, so maybe Marc, after winning another two or three titles, could look for a new adventure in KTM … “Mir’s manager said.