Joan Mir finds a second in Argentina

Joan Mir finds a second in Argentina

31.03.2023: Gran Premio de la Republic Argentina MotoGP 2023 Round 2 Big improvements for Joan Mir saw the #36 narrowly miss out on the top ten in Argentina, Saturday set to be a day of comebacks for the double World Champion. It was a lone Joan Mir

Gran Premio de la Republic Argentina
MotoGP 2023   Round 2



Big improvements for Joan Mir saw the #36 narrowly miss out on the top ten in Argentina, Saturday set to be a day of comebacks for the double World Champion.


It was a lone Joan Mir left to face the changeable conditions of the two Friday practice sessions inside the Repsol Honda Team garage as Marc Marquez continued his recovery at home in Spain. Morning showers threatened a wet start to the day for the MotoGP field at the 4.8-kilometer long Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, but the track dried quickly. Rain would threaten most of the day, but it would ultimately remain dry.



Mir avoided fitting a soft rear slick and pushing for a fast lap in the morning session as he worked on improving the feeling of his Honda RC213V in Argentina. Down the timesheets, Mir and the Repsol Honda Team worked solidly throughout the lunch break to find solutions to the situation for the crucial afternoon session.


Improving to a best time of 1’39.257, almost 1.5 seconds faster than his FP1 time, Mir ended the day in 13th. 0.120s shy of a spot in the combined top ten, the #36 was left disappointed with the day and is already plotting his comeback on Saturday.



Saturday will see the second MotoGP Sprint race take place; 12 laps of all-out action scheduled to start at 15:00 Local Time.   
    
       
    
Joan Mir  36
13TH  1’39.257



“It was a pretty tough day. We started with a base setting which was not the best for this track, and we spent a lot of time working on it to improve. There is clearly a lot of potential there with the bike, Taka and Rins were strong, but I am just missing the final few tenths.


We made a lot of progress and finally our pace at the end, especially with used tyres, was quite close to the top five. We just need more time now to work on the fine details, it’s still just our second race so this is part of the process.



Even like this we were able to make some big improvements today and we aim to continue it tomorrow.”          

    
       
    
Friday Practice - Argentina Grand Prix


1    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    Aprilia Racing    Aprilia    1'38.518
2    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    Aprilia Racing    Aprilia    0.162
3    BEZZECCHI Marco     72    ITA    Mooney VR46 Racing Team    Ducati    0.249
4    MARINI Luca     10    ITA    Mooney VR46 Racing Team    Ducati    0.315
5    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.391
6    BAGNAIA Francesco     1    ITA    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    0.426
7    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.488
8    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    LCR Honda    Honda    0.553
9    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.562
10    RINS Alex     42    SPA    LCR Honda    Honda    0.599
11    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    Team Gresini Racing MotoGP    Ducati    0.666
12    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.684
13    MIR Joan     36    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    0.719
14    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.746
15    DI GIANNANTONIO Fabio     49    ITA    Team Gresini Racing MotoGP    Ducati    0.770
16    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.858
17    FERNANDEZ Augusto     37    SPA    Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing    KTM    1.043
18    FERNANDEZ Raul     25    SPA    RNF MotoGP Team    Aprilia    1.057
    

    
    


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