2020: year of the ‘Sunday rider’

Then, at the San Marino and Emilia Romagna GPs, we saw Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir come from P8 and P11 on the grid to claim two podiums. Qualifying has been Suzuki’s only real downfall in 2020, but their race pace certainly makes up for that. Mir demonstrated exactly this at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, so much so that no matter where the Spaniard qualifies, you know – more often than not – he’s going to be a podium challenger. In Barcelona, Mir again qualified P8 but crossed the line less than a second away from victor Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) in P2.