Top ten finish for Joan Mir at Silverstone
Sunday morning at the OCTO British Grand Prix in 2016 opened with some cloud on the horizon and very low temperatures after rain. Winds soon swept away the clouds for Warm Up allowing the young riders of Moto3 class to run in the dry. The lights went out at 12:30 Local Time and Joan Mir and teammate Andrea Locatelli both got flying starts.
The rookie of Palma de Mallorca, started from the second row, set off in the wake of poleman Bagnaia, while the pilot of Selvino entered the top ten by force in eighth. It was tough for Fabio Quartararo in the rear, unable to make up much ground.
Soon after Locatelli, was sucked back into the chasing group after contact with another rider, just as Joan Mir was fighting for top positions and record setting the fastest lap.
Joan Mir got his rhythm, made himself noticed in the metaphorical mirrors of Navarro and Binder in the lead, with 10 riders within a second. The fight was close and the Spaniard battled hard with the likes of Bastianini and Bendsneyder, cutting his way through any narrow space that emerged around the Silverstone Circuit.
On the penultimate lap Navarro and Migno crashed at Turn 9 and Joan Mir took advantage of the confusion to enter the Top 10. The rookie resisted the attacks and ended in tenth place overall.
The circus of the World Championship knows no limit and will be back on track in exactly seven days for the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”.
#36 Joan MIR – 10th
“Too bad for what happened! I was struggling in the front group but we suffered a problem with the gear ratios: too short with the heavy wind. I could not fight like I wanted to and I was limited just on the straight. I want to thank the team for the changes made on the frame with which I felt comfortable.”
Source: Leopard Racing