One rider who is pleased after free practice at Misano is Joan Mir. The Suzuki rider places second in the combined standings, despite finishing fourth in the wet in the afternoon, conditions in which the Spaniard felt comfortable.

In talking to Sky after FP2, Mir explained what he still has to do to find a consistent race pace.

Mir: “We normally struggle on Friday”

Joan Mir is pleased with how practice has gone at Misano, the Spaniard immediately up front in both the wet and dry conditions. “We normally struggle a little on Friday, before doing better on Saturday. To be competitive already on Friday means you have less to do on Saturday. I immediately got on well in the dry, also managing to set a good time on used tyres, which means we’re moving in the right direction.

He then adds: “We need to work a little more to be consistent in terms of race pace, which needs to  be around 1’32. In the wet I felt comfortable, the feeling is good and although our speed could be better, the feeling is the most important thing. We hope to be able to fight for the win this weekend”.

“I’m not the strongest rider this year”

The Spaniard then explains what’s changed between last year and this: “I’m still an explosive rider and if I need to overtake early on in the race, I will do. I’m not one to stand by and watch the others. This has helped me in the title fight, with a package that isn’t the same as last year. I’m not the strongest rider this year but I am fighting for the title. I don’t think I’m lacking anything, I try to do the best I can with what I have, bring the bike back to the garage and score points”.

Translated by Heather Watson

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