The maturity of Joan Mir takes the MotoGP World Championship

The maturity of Joan Mir takes the MotoGP World Championship

The Suzuki rider only needed to finish seventh to become the fourth Spanish champion in the history of the premier class

The maturity of Joan Mir takes the MotoGP World Championship

“Do you think you can win?” Joan Mir was asked this Sunday minutes before the race of his life and he clarified his objective: “I don't need to win.” Maturity, serenity and consistency.

The new MotoGP champion achieved that status with the same arguments that had placed him one step away from glory. The nerves reared, how could it be otherwise in a 23-year-old rider who started the season with a podium as his ultimate purpose, but Mir knew how to calm them down. It wasn't his best day and it didn't matter either. At Cheste, where he had won just a week before, he settled for being seventh while his rivals failed as many other times this year.

Fabio Quartararo crashed , Maverick Viñales could only be tenth, Andrea Dovizioso finished right in front of him, Álex Rins rallied to fourth place and Franco Morbidelli won but his disadvantage in the standings was already exaggerated. A single overtaking was enough for Mir, Aleix Espargaró , and a lot of maturity, a lot of serenity and a lot of consistency to finally see the checkered flag and celebrate the milestone of his life. MotoGP champion, who would have thought in January.

In a World Cup cut because of the coronavirus, in a World Cup touched by the absence of Marc Márquez , motorcycling discovered a new star, a new type of star. After the era of alpha champions, charismatic leaders who collided over and over on and off the track, Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo , Márquez himself, a reference appears that makes tranquility his flag, to which he does not enemies are known. Mir is a guy who shies away from aggressive overtaking and dialectical wars, who does his own thing, and that style is fresh air for an overly aggressive championship. It will be next year, with the trophy at his home in Palma and Márquez already on the track, when Mir's mood will have to be fully calibrated, but the future of MotoGP today looks clearer.

“It's incredible, I have no words to describe this emotion. This is something I've been fighting for all my life. I don't know whether to laugh or cry, I don't know what to do. At the moment I don't even believe it. I need to calm down a little to assimilate it “, commented Mir, already champion, just as he arrived at the closed park in Cheste, where he showed his character. Maturity, serenity and consistency.

With tears streaming down his face, he cried out, met with his girlfriend Alejandra and his parents Joan and Ana and sat on the floor to understand each other to review what he had experienced this year, to assume what he had achieved. His season, more after giving up in two of the first three races, is only explained thanks to his serenity. If he does not win next week in Portimao, he will be the champion with the fewest victories in 500cc / MotoGP history, only one, never seen before, but his seven podiums are merit enough. When others failed and failed, he was always there and it was enough for him to become the fourth Spanish champion of the premier class in history.

After the miracle of Álex Crivillé in 1999 and the nine almost consecutive titles of Lorenzo and Márquez, Spanish motorcycling, with nine representatives on the grid, demonstrated this strange season with Mir that the championship is his and that it will be for at least a few more years . Despite the many problems that Mir had to reach the World Cup, his promotion confirms that the quarry still works despite the internationalization and the push of the school created by Rossi in Italy.

From Palma de Mallorca, Mir started racing very late, at age 10, but trained by the Balearic Motorcycling Federation, he appeared at the age of 14 in the Red Bull Rookies Cup and, from there, to the Moto3 World Championship in 2017 and this Sunday to the MotoGP World Championship. Maturity, serenity and consistency. A new time in motorcycling begins.

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