Mir: “The Honda forces me to change my driving style”

It is still early, very early, but Joan Mir has only improved by two tenths from one day to the next in the Sepang MotoGP test. The appearance of rain plays against him even more than other riders, because he needs many kilometers on his RC213V, but the beginning of his story does not bring back good memories, like those of Jorge Lorenzo on the golden wing, for example. In any case, we must insist that it is still very early, but today’s 1:59.632 has placed him 16th in the time table on Saturday, 0.896 behind the head of Jorge Martín, and when comparing his His first steps with Honda with his time at Suzuki, the brand with which he won the title in 2020, a certain nostalgia for bygone times can be seen in his words. The new Honda is giving you more war than desired…

“It has been a pity that the rain appeared, because it has not allowed us to test several things. In any case, what we have tried has allowed us to take a step forward. I think we are a little closer ”, he begins by saying, and when comparing between the Honda and the Suzuki he explains himself like this: “This bike is very different, so it forces me to change the riding style of these years. I have to attack more in the second part of the braking phase, and the electronics on this bike work differently. We have been able to improve this today, the braking, and I think I am beginning to understand what I need to go fast with the Honda. Because that second part of the braking is one of the strengths of the bike when it comes to stopping it and it’s where I have to take advantage of it”.

Regarding sharing the box with Márquez, believe the following: “More or less Marc and I are doing the same times. It’s good to be able to look at his data, because there you understand what you can do and what he can do. I have seen that his strong point is that he brakes and enters the turn very well ”.

And as for the work done, he says: “I’m testing new parts, aerodynamic things, and that complicates things, because when you start to feel good you want to mount a new tire, but the engineers are thinking of something else, like you try a rocker”.

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