La Jornada newspaper
Monday, November 16, 2020, p. 2
Valencia. Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki) won his first MotoGP world champion title, finishing seventh in the Valencia Grand Prix, which was won by Italian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha-SRT).
Mir, 23, now has a sufficient advantage not to be caught in the last competition of the season, next Sunday in Portugal.
The Mallorcan offers Suzuki the first world title since 2000. Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, Morbidelli’s teammate on Yamaha-SRT, lost all his chances of winning the World Championship by crashing on the ninth lap.
Mir celebrated his title with a shirt that said world champion and with a golden helmet that he kept for the occasion.
The new monarch had achieved his first MotoGP victory last weekend, at this same circuit in Valencia, in the European Grand Prix.
The coronavirus pandemic had a great impact on the World Championship, forcing its organizers to gather almost all races in Europe and reduce their number to 14 in the MotoGP category. Most of them also took place behind closed doors.
The Spanish rider succeeds his compatriot Marc Márquez, six times world champion, who was unable to participate this season due to a broken arm he suffered in the first race.
Emotion at the end
Morbidelli, who had started on pole position, dominated the competition, resisting on the last lap the comeback led by Australian Jack Miller (Ducati-Pramac). The third place in the Valencia Grand Prix went to the Spanish Pol Espargaró (KTM).
I had problems at the end with the rear tire and I knew Jack (Miller) was going to come back. I did my best to win and it was a beautiful battle, said Morbidelli, who achieved his third win of the season. The Italian is now second in the World Cup.
Unlike Quartararo, who is now fifth in the standings, Morbidelli has a Yamaha from last year, while the Frenchman has a machine with the latest evolutions, although they were not decisive, as evidenced by the difficulties encountered by the Japanese team riders , the Spanish Maverick Viñales and the Italian Valentino Rossi.