The young Spaniard, in only his second season in the top class, put together an incredible campaign with Team Suzuki Ecstar in what has been an extraordinary and highly-demanding 2020 season.
The final round is this weekend at Portimao in Portugal and it is perhaps now just a mere formality with the 2020 title already tucked away.
Mir took the much-coveted crown with a race top spare last weekend, thanks to the 29-point advantage that he has over his closest competitor after the GP of Valencia, Italian rider Franco Morbidelli.
Last weekend’s Grand Prix weekend at Ricardo Tormo circuit saw Team Suzuki Ecstar reap the rewards of a superb 2020 season, in which the results obtained by Mir and team-mate Alex Rins put Suzuki on the path to the ‘Triple Crown’: The Riders’ Championship, Teams’ Championship, and Constructors’ Championship.
The 2020 World Championship has seen Suzuki come full circle, celebrating success in what has been an important year in the company’s history:
- It is the 100th Anniversary of Suzuki Motor Company.
- It is 60 years since Suzuki began racing.
- It is 20 years since the last World Championship title in the premier class.
The 2020 Riders’ World Championship is the 16th title for Suzuki and the 2nd for Joan Mir, after his crown in the Moto3 class in 2017. Mir is the 10th rider in history to win a title with Suzuki considering all categories, and the 7th in the 500cc/ MotoGP class.
It was also a historical and momentous day for Team Suzuki Ecstar, as it became the first Team in Suzuki history to win the Teams’ World Championship.
“I would like to congratulate and express my gratitude to Team Suzuki Ecstar and Joan Mir for winning the MotoGP World Championship in such an unprecedented and tough season due to the COVID-19 situation in 2020,” said president of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toshihiro Suzuki.
“Also to Alex Rins, who has put together an extraordinary championship, being still in the fight for second place.
“This is Suzuki’s 100th anniversary and in this memorable year, we won the MotoGP championship, which is the world’s highest series of motorcycle racing. And motorcycle business to us is one of the key sectors our seniors started and have built up over many years.
“I would like to thank all the customers, fans and dealers who always encouraged and supported Suzuki, and all the suppliers and sponsors who supported us. Our team staff members, riders, and furthermore all the staff who backed this activity by Miyakoda and Ryuyo, Japan.
“Since returning to the MotoGP, I am very proud of the team that has overcome various hardships, made steady progress year by year, and finally became the champion.”
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2020 MotoGP World Championship Classification:
1 Joan MIR, Suzuki, SPA, 171 points;
2 Franco MORBIDELLI, Yamaha, ITA, 142
3 Alex RINS, Suzuki, SPA, 138
4 Maverick VIÑALES, Yamaha, SPA, 127
5 Fabio QUARTARARO, Yamaha, FRA, 125
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati, ITA, 125
7 Pol ESPARGARO, KTM, SPA, 122
8 Jack MILLER, Ducati, AUS, 112
9 Takaaki NAKAGAMI, Honda, JPN, 105
10 Miguel OLIVEIRA, KTM, POR, 100
11 Brad BINDER, KTM, RSA, 87
12 Danilo PETRUCCI, Ducati, ITA, 78
13 Johann ZARCO, Ducati, FRA, 71
14 Alex MARQUEZ, Honda, SPA, 67
15 Valentino ROSSI, Yamaha, ITA, 62
16 Francesco BAGNAIA, Ducati, ITA, 47
17 Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia, SPA, 34
18 Cal CRUTCHLOW, Honda, GBR, 29
19 Iker LECUONA, KTM, SPA, 27
20 Stefan BRADL, Honda, GER, 18
21 Bradley SMITH, Aprilia, GBR, 12
22 Tito RABAT, Ducati, SPA, 10
23 Michele PIRRO, Ducati, ITA, 4