27 years before Joan Mir, Kevin Schwantz won the world championship in the 500cc class with Suzuki. Since then, the American has been an idol of the work. In the interview he praises Suzuki and especially Davide Brivio.
Joan Mir had a wish: if the world title works, he would like to have dinner with Suzuki legend Kevin Schwantz. The young Spaniard put his words into action on Sunday and turned his first match point in Valencia. He is the new world champion in the premier class.
A meeting with Schwantz has not yet taken place, but the Texan has meanwhile commented on Mir’s title win. Speaking to SPEEDWEEK.com, he said: «Joan is the one who drives every weekend and has to do his job. He’s the one who got more points than any other driver and he’s the one who won the title. Those are the facts, end of the discussion. “
Schwantz himself triumphed in the 500 cc class in 1993 and was last at the start in 1995. He has completed all of his races in the premier class with Suzuki. That’s why he is happy that the manufacturer from Hamamatsu was finally able to take home a World Cup crown after 20 years. “It definitely makes me smile. I know how well the guys work in the factory and I know how good the drivers are. It is difficult to build a motorcycle that is capable of winning a World Cup. You have to have the right people on board at the right time, which is why I would like to pat all the employees in the team and the plant on the back, ”Schwantz congratulates.
The 56-year-old Texan was visibly impressed by the performance of the GSX-RR. The machine was competitive on every route. “That was cool – especially at the first race in Valencia ten days ago, when they were already strong in qualifying. Alex Rins then made a mistake, and that cost him the race, ”analyzes Schwantz. I was there and put himself in an excellent starting position with his first MotoGP victory.
Can Suzuki now shape an era? Schwantz warns: “The motorcycles are good, you can see that. But don’t get complacent now. Last weekend you could see that the Suzuki drivers weren’t that strong. The competitors also work hard and can improve. “
However, Kevin believes that Suzuki will draw the right conclusions and that is primarily due to team manager Davide Brivio, says Schwantz: “He put together a good group. They sit together over dinner in the evening and talk about problems, it makes them better. A team like Suzuki can afford that because the engineers are so hands-on. ”
It helps that the factory is smaller than that of Honda or Yamaha, says the American: “The team is like a family. Of course it’s not, but that’s how they feel there. You see each other, you know each other and the engineers are not just the guys in Japan, they also take part in many races. ” That connects.
Now it’s all about the team and constructors’ championships for Suzuki. Should the racing team also grab these two trophies, Suzuki will probably not be able to deny Mir dinner with Schwantz.