“Almost extreme conditions, but we are in the desert …”

Joan Mir 9th on the starting grid. The problems in qualifying remain, but now we are thinking about the race. “Manage the tires, get closer and try the final attack.”

Access to Q2 centered, but in the end he closes 9th, over six tenths from the poleman. The 2020 MotoGP champion Joan Mir he will thus start from the third row on the starting grid for the second Grand Prix of the 2021 season. The problems regarding the flying lap remain, and certainly did not help the conditions found on Saturday between wind and sand on the track. But now he looks at the race with confidence, determined to be the protagonist. Certainly with an eye to Ducati and Maverick Viñales in particular.

“We were able to go from Q1 to Q2” Joan Mir pointed out. “We managed to be competitive with the new tires, but there is still a lot of work to do. Also due to the fact that sometimes to make the time I have to drive in a different way, in a not very natural way. “ He is also asked about red eyes. “I’m fine with anti-doping!” the defending champion immediately replied with a laugh. To then explain. “It’s normal for some air to get into the helmet, but this time there was sand as well. We found difficult conditions from the FP3, almost extreme, and the visibility was not the best. But we are in the desert … “

He does not expect a different race from the previous one as conditions. “We will have to deal with the fact that there will be a lot of wind again” he has declared. “In some curves it may be good, in others it turns out to be a problem, but it is a discourse that applies to everyone.” Once more, however, the difficulties remain on the flying lap. “It is not possible that we are always far from our rivals. If you look at the race pace, we are in pretty good shape, but no, in qualifying, I’m always at the limit. Then you notice that the others, such as the Ducatis, take a step forward and even improve by half a second … “

There is also a comment on the poleman Martín. “I knew he was fast on the flying lap” he reiterated once more. “But I also remember that in Moto3 he took pole and I won … I’d put my signature on it!” he declared with a laugh. Also adding that “The other Ducati riders will probably be angry with him”, always with a smile. As for the match tactics, “We will have to try to manage the situation well. Save the tires, but try to get close to our rivals, and then try to attack at the end. “ Favorites? “Maverick is fast, but we’ll see if he can manage like last Sunday … But the Ducatis are really competitive too.”

Photo: motogp.com


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