Joan Mir did not expect such big progress from the other teams
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Mir is not happy with Suzuki. He believes that his bike is not competitive enough and he explained the reasons that led to it “Well, I think the frozen evolution doesn’t help us but it doesn’t make it worse because it’s true that if the evolution wasn’t frozen, we could improve the engine,” he said in an exclusive interview with Autosport.
“But the others could improve it [too]. “So, I think that it’s more that they [Suzuki] didn’t find a big step to make the bike better this winter. “I think this is the real problem. Normally, the philosophy of Suzuki is a philosophy I share because they normally don’t bring new bikes.
As he says, he did not expect the other teams to progress like that, but he believes that his team could have done much more and made the car much better than is currently the case. However, the season is not over yet and Mir still has a chance for a good result.
“In the pre-season tests, you see Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, also Aprilia, KTM with different bikes. “And Suzuki normally never brings a new bike. “They bring a new chassis, a new swingarm, engine, step-by-step and progressively try to make a step on the bike.
“So, normally this works but you have to bring some things. “Also, I have to say I didn’t expect such a big improvement from the other manufacturers. “I didn’t expect it. Probably Suzuki also. This makes it probably a bit more difficult”.
Suzuki is the only one without a rear ride height adjuster, which Suzuki is the only one without, while KTM has improved its bike with a new chassis. Still, he hopes Suzuki will make changes that could be a turning point “We saw at KTM it’s a big boost because it shows that with the same effort that [Miguel] Oliveira and [Brad] Binder were doing [at the start of the year], now they are fighting to win races,” he added.
“It’s a little bit what we miss. We also start with a disadvantage, which is everyone started with a holeshot device and we don’t have this device. “So, this for the acceleration at the moment we are in a disadvantage.
“Let’s see once we are all with the same stuff and then Suzuki starts to bring new things to be faster, let’s see where we will be. I think [with] that we will be strong”.