We took some time to catch up with Joan Mir, who came back to the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR in Misano for the two-day test following his heavy crash in Brno test, three weeks ago.
First thing’s first, how are you?
I’m fine, I feel better, we went to Misano for a couple of days of testing and the initial feeling is quite good. I felt confident on the bike, even better than I expected. We spent two days there to carry on the improvements with the bike, and then we have two weeks to get ready for the GP of San Marino on this very same track.
What do you remember of the accident?
I remember everything about the crash, I was conscious the whole time. But now I prefer to look ahead.
How did you spend these weeks at home recovering?
Sincerely, it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I had to spend more than one week just resting, but then finally last week I started to train again. I worked progressively, trying to improve little by little with gradual increases of intensity. I had to listen to my body and decide if I could push more, or if I needed to slow down a little bit. In the end it has been two positive weeks to help me prepare for the test.
What was the worst part about the recovery? The point at which you suffered most…
I spent almost two weeks in a bed, after that it’s difficult to feel strong when you start training again. That was tough. The first training I did was with the RM-Z bike at an MX track that is pretty flat, with just a few small jumps, and there I felt very tired, I had to stop after 5 minutes, it was really frustrating. But that was part of the recuperation and recovery, so finally I was happy that I did that training. That was only the beginning and every day I got better, more confident, and stronger. Here in Misano even though I’m not 100%, I’m very close.
I spent almost two weeks in a bed and after that period it’s quite difficult to feel strong when you start training again. That was tough and honestly speaking I felt very tired after my first training on the RM-Z
I was no scared getting back, I was excited. This comeback actually felt a lot like the very first time that I tried the GSX-RR MotoGP machine! I was more nervous than usual for only a test
How was the feeling getting back on your bike? Were you more scared or excited?
Not scared, I was excited. This comeback actually felt a lot like the very first time that I tried the GSX-RR MotoGP machine! I was more nervous than usual for only a test, but then it only took me a couple of corners in the first outing to regain the confidence and start to relax, then I started to really enjoy. I felt better and better after every run and finally also the good lap times started to arrive too.
You missed two rounds: did you watch them on TV?
Yes of course! It’s difficult to watch races on TV, I don’t like it honestly, because I wanted to be there. But I watched two very good races, in Silverstone it was an excellent result for Suzuki, I was so happy! The bike was looking really good. I felt frustrated that I wasn’t there to fight beside my team against the other riders, but anyway we took the right decision not to race in Silverstone and to take the time to recover properly. At the same time I must say that it’s also a kind of disadvantage now: the other guys still have the adrenaline of the race-pace, while I come from limited training, but we are coming back and I’m getting stronger.
What is the thing you missed most while being at home?
I missed the adrenaline. I was training but not for a specific reason, so I missed the feeling of having an objective and training for a target; which is usually to go to the races, give my best, and come home with a good result.
What kind of feeling did you have seeing Alex Rins and the Suzuki bike winning in Silverstone?
I was so happy for Alex and for the team, they deserved it. Sincerely my feeling was frustration because the bike from outside was looking really good in Silverstone, Alex was able to do a really good race and not to be there, to compete beside my team and against the other MotoGP riders was disappointing. But of course I was really happy for the result and the Team, it was great to see them all looking so happy and enjoying the win.