Why Joan Mir Lost Six Positions on Japanese GP Last Lap
Joan Mir was on the road to another Top 6 finish at the Japanese GP until he suddenly dropped back six positions. The Spaniard explains why.
Following his impressive fifth place in India, Mir faced a setback in the Motegi Sprint, finishing 13th after starting 15th on the grid.
However, he made a strong comeback during Sunday’s rain, climbing to seventh place after switching to his wet bike.
As the rain intensified and his visibility worsened, Mir dropped to 13th position by lap 12, prompting red flags to be waved.
Mir lamented, “I had some visibility problems with my helmet unfortunately; it’s something I have never had in the past and today was the day.”
“It’s a big shame; I couldn’t see, so I was missing my reference points on track.” He added, “When I was fighting with Miller, I could see a bit, but then the rain came in heavier, and it was enough to stop me.”
“I’m really disappointed because I think we showed that there was some good speed there, and we could have done something more.”
“Now we have a week off to train and recover a bit before we go racing again.” Mir’s teammate Marc Marquez managed to secure third place in the race.