Rumors 5/8/2022–quick hitters reports that the Mir for Espargaro exchange is in the works.

Even better–Leopard Racing has made clear its intention to secure a two bike slot on the MotoGP grid, with Aprilia machinery, giving the world its much-desired Aprilia satellite team. This would fill the hole left by Suzuki’s departure at the end of the season. From

At issue is HRC’s intention not to continue with the services of Pol Espargaro for 2023 and then create the conditions for a new rider to enter the team’s garage. The Spaniard is in his second season with Repsol Honda and, despite the improvement in his results compared to 2021, the truth is that the Catalan is still not impressing, with only two podiums and one pole position. 

Dubai Autodrome Racing bikes action as captured by KTdrones!

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Espargaro, it should be remembered, signed for two years with a third option from Honda, but Gazzetta dello Sport reports this Friday that that clause will not be activated, leaving the rider free to choose his future in 2023.

At the same time, this situation opens the door to the entry of Joan Mir, a long time wish of Alberto Puig and who has already been in negotiations with the Japanese giant in the past. Mir was due to renew his contract with Suzuki, but an alleged decision by the manufacturer to pull out of MotoGP eliminated any chance of a renewal. However, now the window of opportunity has opened for the Mir/Honda marriage to finally move forward.

It should be remembered that Joan Mir is 24 years old and is one of the most hyped riders on the grid, much to the credit of the world titles won in 2020 in the premier class and in 2017 in Moto3, at the time riding a Honda.

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8 Responses to “Rumors 5/8/2022–quick hitters”

  1. Starmag Says:

    This seems like solid choice. Proven consistent enough to win it all. Unfortunately, both Mir and Bins are consistently poor at qualifying also. Was it the Suzuki? I guess we’ll find out.

    I’m thinking the new Honda is not yet as good as the Suzi overall. Mir for sure will collect some more grande Dinero but may have his hands full.


  2. Allison Sullivan Says:

    Ooh, Aprilia is going ahead. Leopard must be bringing some serious funding to that bathtub, because I doubt the new Tuono 660 is selling well enough to pay for that.

    Guess that leaves RIns twisting in the wind. Shame, because he’s a talented rider, but too many shades of Maverick Vinales inconsistent.

    Must find time to watch the Jerez race sometime this week. I’m out of the loop.

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  3. Old MOron Says:

    Hmm, Mir is able to ride consistently while on the user-friendly Suzuki. Big deal. That’s not going to help him on the Honda.


  4. dmensch Says:

    It’s a ruthless occupation. I’m glad I wasn’t fighting for my continued livelihood every day I worked 😮

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  5. paulevalence Says:

    Nice, thanks for the news update summary! this was great


  6. Mad4TheCrest Says:

    As Old MOron said, the Honda is going to be a wake-up call for Mir. A move to a Yamaha would have been a more natural transition. Maybe Rins can make that Yam move – I don’t think Morbidelli has impressed the bosses lately …


    • dmensch Says:

      Dunno how realistic it is, but it would be interesting to see Mir on an Aprilia. Honda’s looking pretty doggy these days


  7. vassilg Says:

    Good news! Looking like Aprilia is here to stay with keeping current factory riders and new RNF satellite team.


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