MotoGP

Suzuki set to keep Mir despite Ducati interest, Rins closes on new deal

Suzuki is close to signing both its current MotoGP riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir for the 2021 and ’22 seasons, despite interest in Mir from Ducati, Autosport has learned.

Team boss Davide Brivio made it clear that while contracts for 2021 and 2022 have not yet been signed by either rider, despite some speculation Rins had already reached a deal with Suzuki.

“We have not renewed the riders yet, there is nothing signed,” Brivio told Autosport.

“But we have agreed with Rins for a long time and we have both told each other that we want to stay together.

“And the same thing has happened with Joan.

“Many months ago we decided that we wanted to continue with the current line-up but our company is very large and has its internal processes.

“Then there has been a market that has obviously moved.

“We hope to sign as soon as possible, but everything has been discussed and agreed on.”

Ducati had been interested in Mir for its works team in 2021, after losing out on the chance to sign its preferred options of Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo, who both ended up staying at Yamaha.

But, when asked if the Italian marque had made a bid for Mir’s services, Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti simply said: “Mir will stay at Suzuki if Suzuki wants.”

The risk of Mir being poached by Ducati or any other manufacturer appear to have been mitigated by specific results-linked option clauses in Suzuki’s rider contracts, something it introduced in the wake of losing Maverick Vinales to Yamaha in 2017.

Rins’s pair of victories in Austin and Silverstone (pictured above) and his second position in Jerez are understood to have granted Suzuki the power to be able to renew Mir unilaterally by a particular date, respecting previously established conditions.

After the Austin and Silverstone wins, Rins went on to finish fourth in the standings, his best championship finish since he began competing in MotoGP in 2017.

Mir – the 2013 Moto3 champion – made his top-class debut in 2019 and scored a best result of fifth in Australia on route to 12th in the standings.

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