Misano MotoGP: Joan Mir: I heard the Brivio rumors, I would be happy … | MotoGP

Reigning MotoGP champion Joan Mir has heard recent rumors that his former Suzuki team manager Davide Brivio may not be entirely happy in the F1 world and is considering a return to two wheels.

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If so, with Suzuki still not finding a replacement for the Italian, a return to his former team (which has not won a race this season) or a leadership role at VR46 (another former Brivio employer) would be the most logical MotoGP option.

“About the [Brivio] Rumors, I’ve heard that too, ”said Mir. “It’s not a problem for me when Davide comes back [to Suzuki]. He has done a great job with me in the past and I would certainly be happy. But rumors are just rumors, so let’s see. “

After Suzuki put together a committee to take on Brivio’s roles this season, Suzuki has openly sought a replacement team manager for 2022. One rumored option was Wilco Zeelenberg, but the Dutchman confirmed today that he will stay with the renamed RNF Yamaha team.

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“I think we need someone like Davide,” added Mir. “The Japanese staff saw it and are doing everything they can to remedy this situation. It was not easy to cope with when a person like Davide left the team. Nobody expected it. It was difficult for the Japanese ( Employee) .

“It is important now that you realize that we need this person and I know that you are trying to find a person. It’s a difficult thing because of that person [team manager] is always very important in the team. It’s a difficult situation. But they are doing everything they can. “

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Brivio won MotoGP titles as team manager for Yamaha (Valentino Rossi) and then Suzuki (Mir) before taking on the role of Race Director for the F1 Alpine Team in January. He was last seen in the MotoGP paddock in Austria.

When Brivio returns to MotoGP next season, it will become the sport’s biggest 21-lap calendar of all time, though that’s still two races fewer than F1 plans.

“About 21 races, it’s not a problem for us as drivers. But the people who work in this world means that more races have less time at home with the family, which is the most important thing,” said Mir.

“It’s fine with me. But I don’t understand Formula One. They will do it.” [23]. It’s crazy. I don’t know how many races we can do in a year. “

Meanwhile, having mathematically survived his own title defense, Mir is approaching the last three rounds of this season with the aim of being the best of the others.

“We still have serious chances of finishing second in the championship. That is not my goal. But I will give everything to try,” said Mir, who is currently 27 points behind Francesco Bagnaia and 26 ahead of the other factory Ducati. is by Jack Miller.

“I would be very happy if I could finish second this year. Let’s see. I know the Ducatis, especially Pecco is always strong. And their potential is really high.”

Fabio Quartararo, who is 79 points unreachable ahead of Mir, can win the world title by crossing the finish line before Bagnaia on Sunday.