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How Mir became Suzuki’s humble MotoGP hero
MotoGP's newly crowned champion has been a rare exception in managing to put together a consistent title challenge. But it's the way Joan Mir has gone about 2020 off-track that has been just as impressive as his displays on it
November has seemingly been a month of feel-good stories. The Americans voted for hope and a better future in the Presidential election; scientists have started to point us in the direction out of this COVID-19 nightmare with the imminent emergence of effective vaccines; AC/DC reunited its 'Back In Black' line-up for a new record; and Joan Mir ended a 20-year wait for Suzuki when he was crowned MotoGP world champion last Sunday in the Valencia Grand Prix.
That the 2020 season has been wrapped up a round early is perhaps the most surprising thing to have happened in this wild campaign. But when you look at the scorecard, that Mir has taken the title with a round in hand isn't that much of a shock.
Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come...
Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year
MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact
Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy
Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice.
OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.
Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?
OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create.
Mir: Title-winning Valencia MotoGP race was a “nightmare”
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