So the shuffling continues. After Andrea Iannone was roped in by Aprilia, Suzuki was looking for a rider to fill the empty seat. So it selected the Moto2 star John Mir. Mir has signed a two-year deal with factory Suzuki ECSTAR.
Suzuki already extended its contract with Alex Rins for two more years. Iannone’s role was a bit blur. Once he penned down a deal with Aprilia, Suzuki went ahead and got the young Mir onboard.
Mir will be racing for the factory Suzuki team from the next season. This is a major upgrade for him from Moto2. He has shown his skills and talent there, and it is because of that he’s got his spot in the MotoGP.
Suzuki believes that Alex is experienced enough to lead the team to develop the MotoGP project. And Mir will gain experience over this period.
Speaking about Mir’s hiring, Shinichi Sahara, Suzuki’s MotoGP project leader, said, “As a Team, we have always tried to look forward to long-term development plans, which includes also making some bets on young riders that we feel can be an investment for the future. We did it in our debut year in 2015, we did it again in 2017 when we signed the debutant Alex Rins, who has been confirmed also this year, and we are further confirming this with the agreement with Joan Mir.”
He further added, “He is a young talent we would like to see grow and help us to grow the GSX-RR and the team with him. He is now involved in the Moto2 class and we definitely want him to enjoy the championship, but we are also eager to start working with him and see him debut in the top class. We believe in his skills.”
With Mir’s hiring, all the factory seats in the MotoGP are filled. So we wouldn’t be seeing any more shuffling this year. There had been some major swaps between the riders. The 2019 MotoGP season would be an interesting one to watch.