Mir emerged as probably the most constant pressure of a chaotic 2020 MotoGP season, which noticed 9 riders win grands prix in a COVID-19-shortened 14-race calendar.
The Suzuki rider gained on the European Grand Prix in Valencia per week earlier than he could be topped world champion, however has struggled in 2021 in what turned out to be an unsuccessful bid to defend his title.
A scarcity of improvement for the GSX-RR in 2021 and main enhancements for the likes of Yamaha and Ducati has meant Mir has solely been in a position to rating six podiums – his finest outcome a second on the Algarve GP.
Talking solely to Autosport final weekend, Mir admitted he has struggled to just accept his win drought this season.
“It is tough for me, I am not going to misinform you,” Mir mentioned.
“I demand so much from myself, you are not going to see me all the time completely satisfied to be on the rostrum, I am somebody who likes to win and it is costing me so much.
“I struggled so much within the first 12 months, however the actuality is that I had solely been on this planet championship for 4 years.
“Now I am six [years in], I am very new and I’ve room [for improvement].
“However we have come to this 12 months and it hasn’t been anyplace close to what I anticipated.
“To go a 12 months with out successful is tough to digest and I am not having a superb time.”
Joan Mir, Crew Suzuki MotoGP
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He added: “Final 12 months was my second 12 months [in MotoGP], I began to work, a victory got here on the finish of the season and it might have been extra.
“However then you definately get to some extent the place you say to your self that it is the third season already and you must enhance.
“I am in that course of, I’ve solely been on this planet championship for a short while and I arrived in a short time in MotoGP, which implies I nonetheless have room for enchancment.”
Mir’s second on the Algarve GP secured him third within the riders’ standings behind Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia and new world champion Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha).