Joan Mir signs with Suzuki MotoGP team

Daniel Herrero

Monday 11th June, 2018 - 7:58pm

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Joan Mir pic: MotoGP.com

Next year’s factory MotoGP seats have all officially been filled with the announcement that 2017 Moto3 world champion Joan Mir will ride for Suzuki for the next two years.

Suzuki has confirmed paddock rumours that the 21-year-old Spaniard will step up from Moto2 into the premier class next season.

Mir is currently fifth in the intermediate class after winning 10 races and the title in Moto3 in 2017, the best lightweight class haul since Marc Marquez’s in 2010 (also 10 wins).

He will ride alongside 22-year-old Spaniard Alex Rins and takes the seat of Aprilia-bound Andrea Iannone.

“Joan Mir is only 20 years old now, already a World Champion with an impressive 10 wins last year and he has already proven several skills,” said Suzuki Ecstar Team Manager Davide Brivio.

“Of course, we know very well that he will need time to gain experience and grow with us, but we have full confidence in his potential.

“Suzuki management encouraged us to pursue the ‘young rider philosophy’ and with Joan I think we found the perfect protagonist for this role.

“With Alex and Joan we have two very talented riders and our target is to create a strong team for the future.”

Mir has two Moto2 podiums this season with Marc VDS, with the grand prix motorcycle season continuing in Barcelona this weekend (June 15-17).

Meanwhile in the Superbike World Championship, Jonathan Rea has signed on for two more years at the Kawasaki Racing Team.

The Brit has won the last three World SBK titles and became the outright most prolific race winner in championship history over the weekend but had been talks about a move to MotoGP, potentially at a factory team.

He leads the championship by more than a round’s worth of points, with Round 8 at Laguna Seca on June 22-24.

MotoGP 2019 entry list (Current)

Team Bike Rider Nat
Honda Honda Marc Marquez ESP
Honda Honda Jorge Lorenzo ESP
Yamaha Yamaha Maverick Viñales ESP
Yamaha Yamaha Valentino Rossi ITA
Ducati Ducati Andrea Dovizioso ITA
Ducati Ducati Danilo Petrucci ITA
Suzuki Suzuki Alex Rins ESP
Suzuki Suzuki Joan Mir ESP
Aprilia Aprilia Andrea Iannone ITA
Aprilia Aprilia Aleix Espargaro ESP
KTM KTM Johann Zarco FRA
KTM KTM Pol Espargaro ESP
LCR Honda Cal Crutchlow GBR
LCR Honda TBA
Tech3 KTM Hafizh Syahrin POR
Tech3 KTM Miguel Oliveira MAS
Pramac Ducati Jack Miller AUS
Pramac Ducati Francesco Bagnaia ITA
Marc VDS TBA TBA
Marc VDS TBA TBA
Nieto TBA TBA
Nieto TBA TBA
Avintia TBA Xavier Simeon BEL
Avintia TBA TBA

Italics: Not confirmed

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