Increasing Indications – Mir: “Don’t Know If I Can Handle Another Year”
Joan Mir is striving to reestablish his connection with the Honda as there is some “small progress”. However, the Spaniard doesn’t know if he can handle it any longer.
Despite the summer break, Joan Mir’s fortunes haven’t significantly improved. His 17th-place finish in Barcelona marked only his second successful Sunday race with the Honda.
Since his 11th-place finish at the season opener in Portimao, he has accumulated merely five World Championship points.
Unfortunately, Mir suffered yet another crash in Misano, making it his 15th crash this year. The 2020 MotoGP World Champion is facing the most challenging period of his career.
Despite incurring numerous long-lap penalties for exceeding track limits in Misano’s sprint race, Mir did feel a slight improvement in his comfort level with the RC213V.
However, this progress did not translate into tangible results. He had hoped for more from the Monday test in Misano, but the updated Honda failed to deliver the anticipated improvements.
Mir stated, “We’ve improved in a few areas, even though it’s not a huge step. We’re still far off. But I felt a bit better on used tires and was a bit more consistent.”
“It was just the first test. We could see something positive. But I can’t say yet if that’s the direction we’ll go in next year.”
He expressed his desire for more, saying, “If we want to get where we want to be, we need more.” Despite this, Mir has committed to honoring his two-year contract with Honda and graciously declined an offer from Gresini.
Nevertheless, Mir is resolute in his stance, stating, “For me, having another year like this would be very difficult. I don’t know if I can handle it.” Without notable results, his prospects on the transfer market for 2025 appear challenging.