MotoGP, Joan Mir in the footsteps of Roberts Jr., 20 years after the last Suzuki title

A world championship can be determined by the weather, if a driver feels particularly comfortable in the rain, for example. But can it be decided by new tires that are more difficult to interpret?

Maybe yes, although professional drivers would expect a faster reaction than we have seen this year, for example, where the Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso has only 84 points.

A sum that in the past would not have allowed him to lead the classification since arriving in the premier class in 2008, but with which he would have been in third place three years ago, in 2018, when Marquez led the world championship with 115 points followed by Rossi with 88 and Vinales with 77.

This year Dovi fared worse than the current one when he had only 66 points after seven races, but with three zeros in the overall standings.

As is well known, Marquez won the world championship this season with a lead of 76 points and Andrea took 4 wins and 9 podiums.

This confirms that Anything can happen in the remaining seven rounds of the World Cupeven if it’s bizarre To find this negative record, one has to go back to 1985. when Freddie Spencer found himself – in the year of the double – with only 81 points … but that’s where the problem lies, because back then the first position was only worth 15 points, almost half of what it is today.

But let’s forget these details and the fact that After three second places, the Ducati rider is the favorite to win this world championship.

The reason is obvious: He’s not the only one. There are actually three more drivers within just four points: Quartararo and Vinales mated with 83 and Mir behind with 80.

One eye on the classification makes it immediately clear that it is the latter, Joan, who has scored the most points in the last four Grand Prix: 69 against Dovis 53.

If he continued with this average, Mir would be the favorite … even if he was the only one of the top guys who didn’t win a single race!

“I’m not obsessed with winning – explained Joan after the two Misano races – I’m thinking about doing my best and the first step on the podium will come. This year I have noticed that I am driving less aggressively and driving faster. We noticed that last year. My one-two in Misano? These movements have always been easy, but now my driving is smoother, I wear fewer tires and can quickly find this trait if necessary. “

Suzuki has not won the world championship since 2000, when Kenny Roberts Junior won the title on a team that was “reinforced” by Kenny Senior’s former technician Warren Willing. It is said that Warren’s contribution and all the experiments of the three-time world champion in the projects he was involved in were of great help to the Hamamatsu maker, but what is certain is that it was not an easy world championship won by 4 wins and 9 podiums against an up and coming Valentino Rossi.

If he were to succeed, the GSX-RR would be like honoring Suzuki’s famous racing past. which made its debut in the racing world in 1960 by competing in the Tourist Trophy in the Isle of Man, where Ernst Degner won his first Grand Prix in 1962 and ended the season with victory in the first 50cc World Championship.

Since then, Suzuki has won 93 premier class Grand Prix races, reaching 9 in 1977, in a year when there were only 11 general practitioners.

Suzuki won its first two titles in 1976 and 1977 Barry Sheene, then 1981 and 1982 with Marco Lucchinelli and Franco Uncini, Return to success with Kevin Schwantz 1993 and then with Kenny Roberts Jr. in 2000.

If it hits the target this time, it would be a nice way to celebrate 60th anniversary of the team excellently led by Davide Brivio Who is rightly thinking of doubling the number of bicycles in 2022?