The incredible story of Joan Mir, the MotoGP champion nobody wanted in 2015

Five years have passed since Joan Mir tried to make the leap to Moto3 and was rejected until he was proclaimed MotoGP champion. Nobody wanted him in 2015, he came from being runner-up in the Red Bull Rookies Cup the previous year, but he was rejected for lack of money. His representative, the lawyer Paco Sánchez, moved to get him a team in the bronze category but could not achieve a place in the World Cup no matter how hard he tried.

As Mir’s representative revealed in an interview with Speedweek in 2018, the reason he was rejected was money. «I went to all the MotoGP teams in Moto3 and Moto2 and nobody wanted him. His parents had no money and we could only offer them the talent of the pilot. Finally, raised some money and put Joan in one of the poorer CEV Moto3 teams», Acknowledges Paco Sánchez.

Despite the setbacks suffered, his representative did not give up and got him to join Leopard Racing. One of the poorest teams in the CEV Moto3 junior world championship decided to add him to its ranks. Despite having a bike far inferior to that of his rivals, Mir achieved seven podiums (four victories) that allowed him to finish fourth in the championship. That year (2015) he made his debut in Moto 3 at the Australian GP, ​​replacing the injured Hiroki Ono.

But nevertheless, it was not until 2016 that he became the starting driver for the Leopard-KTM in the bronze category. Joan Mir had earned a place in the World Cup and had before him the opportunity to show all his talent. In his first season he finished fifth and decided to stay another year in Moto3, this time with a Honda instead of a KTM. And it did not disappoint. His 10 victories and 13 podiums helped him win his first title by tracing the numbers of Valentino Rossi, who did it with 11 victories.

Five years later MotoGP champion

Over time, Joan Mir, has grown and become one of the best drivers in the world. In just five years he has gone from having no place in the Moto3 World Championship to being MotoGP champion. Although he started at a fairly late age in the world of motorcycling, it has not stopped him from reaching the top and fulfilling a dream he had as a child.

In 2015 he was left without a gap in the bronze category, but thanks to the work and insistence of his representative he managed to sign with Leopard Racing. It took him a year to make the leap to Moto3, but since then he has risen to the speed of light. It was only 2 years there before moving to Moto2, where he stayed for a season and in the middle of it he had already signed with Suzuki to compete in MotoGP from 2019.

In his first year in the premier class he finished twelfth overall, but in the second he took the final step. During the first races you could already see a different Mir, although no one thought that he could become champion with drivers like Fabio Quartararo or Andrea Dovizioso himself. He always believed in himself and maintained a consistency that led him to become a leader without having won a race. Finally that victory came and served to sentence the World Cup almost definitively. He left everything for the second race at Cheste, where he put the final touch.