MotoGP: Meet the rookies #2 – Joan Mir

In the second part of our MotoGP 2019 rookies preview, we take a look at the 2017 Moto3 World Champion, Joan Mir.

Joan Mir started his professional racing career in 2013 and 2014 competing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup and finished runner up with three wins to his name, the Spaniard finished 2nd to 2018 Moto3 champion, Jorge Martin.

A year later, Mir competed in the CEV Junior World Championship. Mir won four of the first six races but after fading away towards the end of the season, and ultimately finished fourth in the championship.

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Credit: FIM CEV Repsol

Joan Mir made his Grand Prix debut in 2015 replacing Hiroki Ono at the Australian Grand Prix starting 18th on the grid but failed to finish the race after an incident with John McPhee.

In 2016 Mir made his full-time debut with Leopard Racing alongside Andrea Locatelli and Fabio Quartararo. Mir had a great debut season racking up 3 podiums and a win in Austria that marked him as a threat in 2017.

2017 was nothing but domination for Joan Mir, winning 10 races out of 18, 13 of them on the podium. Mir finished 93 points ahead of his nearest rival and was compared to the greats such as Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez.

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Credit: Phillip Island Circuit

Joan Mir stepped up to Moto2 in 2018 signing a four year deal with Marc VDS and HRC but after an impressive debut season in the Moto2 class, Suzuki offered the young Spaniard a ride.

Mir’s rookie season in Moto2 was just as impressive as it was in Moto3, finishing on the podium 4 times, with a best of 2nd at Sachsenring and Phillip Island.

Joan Mir signed a deal with Japanese Manufacturer Suzuki, replacing Italian Andrea Iannone.

Joan Mir’s debut on the Suzuki at Valencia was positive ending the 2-day test in 14th place. Mir’s 2nd outing was at Jerez and ended the test as the 3rd fastest rookie in 15th position.

Joan Mir will be back on track in a few days time in Sepang for another outing on the Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP bike.

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Credit: Red Bull

Joan Mir will be back out on track in Sepang, find out how he gets on here at NowMoto and in our brand new podcast!

Featured Image Credit: MotoGP.com

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