The outgoing world champion endured a torrid couple of races at Misano and COTA final month, and admitted he was “mentally collapsed” after the Emilia Romagna GP – which pressured him to take a full week off from coaching.
In Portugal final weekend Mir loved his strongest weekend of the season, qualifying on the entrance row for the primary time in MotoGP and happening to complete the race second after operating eventual runaway winner Francesco Bagnaia shut within the early phases.
After the race Mir says he was happier in regards to the weekend itself somewhat than the top end result, and says it was one he “wanted”.
“Nicely, actually I’m so completely satisfied about this podium, and never for the end result,” stated Mir, who will finish 2021 third within the riders’ standings.
“It’s extra for the weekend we did. It was unbelievable, I felt so good from the primary second and I used to be capable of be aggressive from FP1.
“Then, once you really feel good with the bike and the bottom is sweet, all the pieces comes simply.
“It’s what I wanted, it was a weekend like this one, with the climate circumstances extra regular, making an attempt to do extra lap with my bike in good circumstances.
Joan Mir, Group Suzuki MotoGP
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“And it’s what occurred. So, thanks to the staff for giving me a package deal to combat for the pole place, and likewise the rostrum.
“As we speak Pecco was simply higher than me, he was driving in a simpler approach as a result of to be on that tempo I used to be doing extra errors than me. He was not making one, I used to be ready all of the race for one, but it surely didn’t come.”
Mir has been vital of the shortage of growth from Suzuki on its 2021 bike throughout the marketing campaign, however is anticipating a “trickier” winter testing section than regular as he believes the Japanese marque has been onerous at work on its 2022 challenger.
“Nicely, in my case I believe that Suzuki realised in the course of the season the scenario and so they began to work fairly onerous in Japan,” Mir added.
“I count on a trickier winter testing than regular to attempt to discover one thing extra and to make a greater base for subsequent yr.
“So, I don’t understand how it will likely be however I believe usually what they create it really works. So, I’m wanting ahead to that take a look at at Jerez [after the Valencia GP.”