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Joan Mir: “Neither Alzamora nor hosts, I have won a race”

Joan Mir has signed a dream season that has culminated with the achievement of the title on last Sunday in Cheste. The Mallorcan rider has written his name in the history of motorcycling thanks to this triumph. Nobody counted on him at the beginning of the season but he has been the strongest on the track, and thanks to his seven podiums and one victory he has achieved his first MotoGP world championship.

The Mallorcan rider took advantage of the absence due to injury of the main favorite to win, Marc Márquez, to beat his rivals. «Marc was not absent, he has raced this year and has been injured, they have not kidnapped him. He was absent due to his mistake, as happened to him in his first year when Pedrosa and Lorenzo were injured», He affirms in an interview with Radio Marca.

«Does that mean that Marc’s first title has less value? On the contrary, I give it more value because it is the first in its first year. Let’s see who devalues ​​that. Surely the people who say about Marc do not know much about motorcycles ”, continues a Mir who has deserved this title more than anyone and who has adapted to the situation perfectly.

Many had in mind that title achieved by Emilio Alzamora in 1999 in 125cc without winning a single race, since Mir could be champion in the same way but finally achieved his victory in the first of the two races in Cheste. «No no, neither Alzamora nor hosts. With all due respect to Emilio who is a world champion. But I have won a race. It is my second year in the category and for some reason the Suzuki this year is not the one that has won the most times. But we have exploited the consistency and balance of the bike, and that has given us the title ”, claims the current world champion of the premier category.

Two zeros to start

The year ended in the best possible way but it did not start as well. It should be remembered that Joan made two zeros in the first two races of the season, but Austria was a turning point thanks to a great second place that allowed him to gain confidence and begin to believe in his options. «We started to get good results and from that moment on I started to be very competitive. Little by little I have been consolidating myself in the first positions and each time I have discovered myself during the year».

With this title you become a candidate for dispute the title of Balearic Islands of the Year to Rafa Nadal. The great season of Joan Mir, born in Palma de Mallorca, places him in the window with a whole legend of Spanish sport who has won his thirteenth Roland Garros this year. «This is getting serious huh? We will have to see what the decision will be, but we make it difficult with this titleHe said jokingly.