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Ecstar Suzuki confirm Joan Mir for MotoGP 2019-2020

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Ecstar Suzuki have confirmed that Moto2 star Joan Mir will join Alex Rins in their squad for the next two MotoGP season.

Mir, the reigning Moto3 world champ, will move up to the blue riband class after spending only a season in the middleweight – much like former Suzuki man Maverick Vinales.

“Joan Mir is only 20 years old now, already a World Champion with an impressive 10 wins last year and he has already proven several skills. He is fierce, he is witty, he is nice and he can be very fast. All the characteristics that we like to search for in a young rider, who wants to join us not only for the prestige of a factory machine in the top class but most of all because he believes in our racing project,” said team boss Davide Brivio.

“Talking to him I realised how much he has a clear mind, how much he liked our Suzuki project and wanted to join us. This has been a great boost for us. Of course, we know very well that he will need time to gain experience and grow with us, but we have full confidence in his potential.

“Suzuki management encouraged us to pursue the ‘young rider philosophy’ and with Joan I think we found the perfect protagonist for this role. With Alex and Joan we have two very talented riders and our target is to create a strong Team for the future.”


Rea remains with Kawasaki in WorldSBK for two more years

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Reigning WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea will remain with Kawasaki in the series after signing a new, two-year deal.

It gives the three-time title holder, who looks set for another crown this year, a chance to surpass Carl Fogarty’s record of four championships and maybe extend it to six.

“I am more than happy to continue in these next two seasons with the Kawasaki Racing Team. Since the end of last season we have already started to talk about continuing our partnership, so it’s nice to finalise everything now, so that we can concentrate on the remaining races of 2018,” said Rea.

“From the moment I arrived at the end of 2014 I was welcomed into the Kawasaki family and since then we have achieved success beyond our wildest dreams. Here is where I want to stay. Of course it feels natural to keep writing this incredible story together, and I want to thank everyone in the Kawasaki Racing Team for believing in me and for this opportunity.

“Together we will work harder than ever to keep the ZX-10RR at the front of WorldSBK in the future. I have the best team of people around me to ensure that we can continue fighting for the World Championship.”

Whether, after yesterday’s shenanigans, Tom Sykes will remain with the team is now the subject of much speculation…



by Bliss Drive Review