Joan Mir's agent revealed a surprising fact when his client negotiated a new contract with Suzuki. He said the 2020 MotoGP world champion had received a very small offer.
Mir and Suzuki's contracts expire after the 2022 MotoGP. The Spaniard plans to stay and sign a new agreement. However, Suzuki decided to withdraw from the iron horse circus.
Suzuki left for financial reasons. Mir also got an idea of the difficult situation of the Japanese manufacturer when discussing the new working relationship.
They submitted a lower proposal than the deal signed in 2019 when Mir was a rookie. "Suzuki proposed that value at Portimao. In the next series at Jerez, we plan to submit a response. We are trying to ask for the same value as his current contract," said Paco Sanchez, Mir's agent.
"For us it doesn't matter. We don't ask for more money because we know the Covid-19 situation. We can't demand a contract like Marc Marquez or Fabio Quartararo's request to Yamaha. We are ready to sign," he continued.
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Sanchez said Mir had originally intended to sign a contract extension with Suzuki that ended in 2022.
"Many say Mir will go to Honda or Yamaha. But to be honest, Joan is ready to sign a new partnership at Suzuki. Negotiations have entered the final stages. He wants to stay. That is his priority," said Sanchez, reported by GPOne.
"I hope to find a good bike for Joan. But we are also worried about the team staff. They are good people who are in danger of being out of work."
"If Suzuki really leaves, I hope they find a new job soon. Many families are being haunted by nightmares because of this condition," he continued.
Mir will not apply a discount when negotiating with a new team while continuing his career in MotoGP. The figure from Spain still has a selling point even though he is in a state of urgency.
Mir needs a new port because Suzuki intends to leave MotoGP after the 2022 season. Even though he is looking for work, he does not give up so he is willing to race for minimal pay.
"We will ask for the value according to the agreement now. That is the priority at this time. If no one fulfills, Joan will not sign," said Sanchez, reported by Crash.
Suzuki has contacted Dorna regarding their intentions. President of the International Motorsport Federation (FIM) Jorge Viegas regretted this. However, he claims fans are already lining up to replace him.
Viegas said Suzuki should not take rash action to leave the race next season. He said there was a process that the Japanese manufacturer had to go through.
"I understand that they (Suzuki) are experiencing economic difficulties. However, they should have discussed this with Dorna and the FIM first," said Viegas as reported by Motosan.
If Suzuki does come out, Viegas mentions the readiness of the replacement team for next season's competition. However, he did not want to divulge his identity.
"There have been talks with Dorna about this new team. However, I can't say much, because currently Dorna is still managing the situation in MotoGP. In essence, Suzuki's replacement already exists," said Viegas.
Suzuki's withdrawal has surprised many because they just won the world title with Mir in 2020. Suzuki also has a contract with Dorna until 2026. However, they reportedly have no choice due to financial problems.
They haven't won a race since Mir won the European series in Valencia two years ago. Even so, Suzuki and Mir still finished in third place in the final table. This season, Suzuki has been on the podium twice through Alex Rins.
With the withdrawal of Suzuki, MotoGP will only be followed by five manufacturers namely Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Aprilia.