Mir: At the start of the season, “we have to survive”

That’s 38 points more than Mir had at this stage last season. After four rounds in 2020, the Spaniard was 14th in the overall classification on 11 points, 48 adrift of leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). In 2021, he’s just 17 points behind Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). And if it wasn’t for the Ducatis of Bagnaia and Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) being absolute missiles down the Losail International Circuit home straight, Mir probably would have a P2 to his name this year too. However, that’s not how motorcycle racing works. Ducati have their strengths, Suzuki have theirs. And unfortunately for Mir at the Qatar GP, Ducati were able to unleash theirs at the wrong time for the number 36.