Courage is presupposed by motorcycle riders, but taking risks is often as important as knowing when to loosen up. There are countless examples in the world of two wheels (and four) in which great pilots do not achieve success due to their excess of momentum. It is not the case of Joan Mir.
The MotoGP world champion 2020 has been able to seize its unexpected opportunity. In his second year in the top category, with a motorcycle that was by no means the great favorite, he has managed to add more and better than his rivals, although the absence of Marc Márquez of the competition put a bound asterisk to his year. Would Mir have achieved the first title of his career in the top flight, second after Moto3 in 2017, with Cervera on the track?
Although he will not be able to avoid that unknown, the certain and immovable is that Joan Mir has become the fourth Spanish to achieve a title in the elite of motorcycling, and second from Palma de Mallorca. After Jorge Lorenzo (whose father now also hangs a medal), Mir is the second Balearic who has achieved such a feat.
However, it is not in Palma where it has its Sancta Sanctorum. Mir, being almost a child, moved to Valencia to enroll in the Cradle of Champions, the school for young talents that was promoted in the Ricardo Tormo circuit, precisely where he has touched glory. Once catapulted from there to the World Cup, after passing through the CEV Repsol, soon began to stand out and just as soon as he arrived at Moto3 he took the title and sweeping: 341 points in 18 races and ten victories, both bronze category records.
It was in 2018 when he decided, like other pilots, to change of scene. He told his girlfriend Alejandra (who is a gymnast), and found in the mountains of Andorra A paradise. In addition to the economic advantages that it entails, it is the tranquility that you have in the Principality that has led you to move your home there. How Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Viñales and the Espargaró Among others, Mir has a small refuge where he enjoys the peace of mind and body he needs.
This year, in addition, he had a small advantage. Andorra bordered before Spain, so he was able to start motorcycle training a few weeks before some of his rivals. But that peace of mind is what has allowed him to remain calm and know how to focus on what he should. Unlike others like Rossi himself, he has avoided catching coronavirus: I knew that this was the great enemy. If he finished all the races, he could be champion. In an almost obsessive way, he took security measures very seriously to achieve his milestone.
Eight podiums in 14 races, only one of them as the winner, have allowed Mir to enter the history books of world motorcycling. It depends on Suzuki and himself that in 2021, already with Márquez (in theory) back, show that this was not a flower of a day. You will surely think about it when you breathe again at home in Andorra.