Joan Mir ended a 20-year wait for Suzuki in Sunday’s Valencia Grand Prix when he won the 2020 MotoGP world championship.
The 23-year-old’s rise to MotoGP title glory was rapid, making his Moto3 debut in 2016 before winning the title the year after. A single season in Moto2 gave way to his MotoGP debut last year with Suzuki.
The most consistent charger this season with six podiums and a maiden grand prix victory, Mir prevailed in the maddest MotoGP season with a seventh-place finish in a “nightmare” Valencia GP to seal the title with a round to spare.
Not since Kenny Roberts Jr in 2000 has Suzuki crowned a MotoGP world champion, with Mir joining an elite list of six to have achieved that honour with the Japanese manufacturer.
In the latest Tank Slappers Podcast, Autosport’s Lewis Duncan and Motorsport.com’s Oriol Puigdemont discuss MotoGP’s newest world champion.
They also delve into the conundrum that is Yamaha, after the 2020 M1 runners struggled while Franco Morbidelli took victory on his 2019 bike, and discuss Cal Crutchlow’s MotoGP future.
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