Spanish MotoGP rider Joan Mir adds two years to his Suzuki contract

PARIS: Spanish MotoGP horse rider Joan Mir extended his contract with Suzuki until 2022, two weeks after his teammate and compatriot Alex Rins , the team announced Saturday.

The pairing provide a solid and competitive unit for Suzuki as they look towards the future and aim high in terms of results, said a team statement.

Rins, the Moto3 champion in 2017, made his debut in the main class in 2019. His contract was due to end after this season.

The team's statement said that in pre-season testing it was showing fantastic shape and pace.

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The MotoGP season should have started in March but is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of promoter Dorna, said he expects a resumption in late July to late July in Europe, presumably without viewers and with a limited number of people in the paddock.

"The current situation surrounding the Covid-19 crisis makes for a strange environment for both the team and the horse rider at the moment, with so much uncertainty in the air," said Suzuki , adding that the contract extension "proves the confidence" of the team "in their young rider".

Before Mir and Rins, six-time Spanish world champion Marc Márquez extended his contract with Honda for another four years until the end of 2024.

Yamaha He signed the Spanish Maverick Vinales again for the 2021-2022 seasons and announced the replacement of the Italian veteran Valentino Rossi with french Fabio Quartararo since 2021.

For Rossi, who celebrated her 41st birthday on February 16, this announcement does not necessarily mean the end of her career.

I will have to decide without having competed in a single race. Anyway, I want to continue, Rossi said in an online interview last week.

Imagine not competing this year. It would be fairer to compete in another season and stop after this one. So I hope to continue in 2021, he said.

On Friday, the Spanish Tito Raba, Moto2 champion in 2014, extended his contract in Avintia until the end of 2021.