Mir a "deserving" MotoGP champion, says Marquez

Marc Marquez says Joan Mir has "deserved" his 2020 MotoGP title win as he was "the most regular" rider on the grid.

Mir a "deserving" MotoGP champion, says Marquez
Listen to this article

Mir only won once in 2020, but tallied up a total of seven podiums - more than any other rider - and wrapped up the title with a race in hand, ending a 20-year wait for Suzuki.

Marquez missed the season owing to a broken arm he suffered during the Spanish Grand Prix, with his absence continually leading to comments claiming a rider winning the title without him present was devalued.

Mir batted these comments away upon winning the championship, while Marquez has always played them down.

Speaking to Spain's DAZN just ahead of the third operation he had on his arm in Madrid last week, which could rule him out for another six months, Marquez was asked to comment on Mir's championship win.

"He has been the most regular, the world champion who has deserved it," Marquez said. "In a season in which consistency was the key, Mir has ended up taking the championship without doing anything special.

"Achieving it in his second year in MotoGP has a lot of value. Next year, Mir will have to defend the crown. Regardless of who is on the track, Mir will have to fight for the title next year.

"The bikes will be the same because there will be no change in regulations.

"He will fight for the World Cup because he has talent, and I will try to take the title from him."

Read Also:

All being well, Marquez will partner outgoing KTM rider Pol Espargaro at Honda in 2021 and is "looking forward" his former Moto2 and 125cc foe trying the RC213V.

Marquez feels Espargaro's signing is "a good step" for Honda, but suggests he might be questioning his decision to leave KTM after it managed three wins in 2020.

"I'm looking forward to Pol testing the Honda, because he has done great races with the KTM, so with the Honda, which is a winning bike, he has to be on the podium regularly," he added.

"Pol's arrival at Honda is good. Honda wanted to get on that bike a rider who claimed to be regularly in the top six, who fights for podiums and, why not, for titles, which is what one wants to do at HRC.

"It is a good step for Honda; for Pol I don't know anymore. Seeing how the KTM is going, I imagine you must be thinking 'why didn't I stay at KTM?'

Marquez also commented on his nearest title rival for the past three years Andrea Dovizioso taking a sabbatical in 2021, admitting: "It is surprising that he takes a year off.

"He says he wants to return in 2022, but it is not easy to return without having ridden a whole year, without being a test rider."

shares
comments

Related video

Quartararo desires “less emotion” in 2021 MotoGP approach
Previous article

Quartararo desires “less emotion” in 2021 MotoGP approach

Next article

Crutchlow: Honda wanted me to be MotoGP, WSBK replacement rider

Crutchlow: Honda wanted me to be MotoGP, WSBK replacement rider
Load comments
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Prime

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Motorsport.com, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Prime

The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. We analyse what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP's Spanish GP Prime

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP's Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt Prime

How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's win was vital not only for his title hopes Prime

Why Quartararo's win was vital not only for his title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022
The MotoGP rookie fighting two fronts in his debut year Prime

The MotoGP rookie fighting two fronts in his debut year

Darryn Binder has found himself in the unenviable position as MotoGP's most under-pressure rookie in 2022 having made the step directly from Moto3 with a reputation as an over-aggressive rider. This hasn't been an easy thing to shake at the start of the season, but he believes tangible progress is being made

MotoGP
Apr 18, 2022
How ‘Beast’ mode is putting Ducati in 2022 MotoGP title contention Prime

How ‘Beast’ mode is putting Ducati in 2022 MotoGP title contention

Enea Bastianini’s second win of the 2022 campaign at COTA puts him back in the lead of the standings and once again showed the best Ducati package is still the 2021 bike. Those closest to Bastianini tell Motorsport.com why he’s so good on the GP21 relative to his factory counterparts.

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2022
How Espargaro helped Aprilia shed MotoGP's underdog tag Prime

How Espargaro helped Aprilia shed MotoGP's underdog tag

Aleix Espargaro became MotoGP's newest winner in a thrilling Argentina Grand Prix in which he also proved the merits of the Aprilia project. After six years of hard graft, both parties have reaped the rewards they have long thought they deserved. But it was several key moments in that journey that led both to that momentous Sunday at Termas de Rio Hondo.

MotoGP
Apr 4, 2022