Joan Mir will look for glory going back from 12th position

Joan Mir can touch the sky with her hand this Sunday. The Mallorcan rider leads the MotoGP championship with an iron fist and has enough to climb the podium of the Grand Prix of the Valencian Community (2 pm, DAZN) to secure the title. With 162 points in the basket, he has a 37 advantage over the main pursuers when there are only 50 left in the game. However, just because he has to play does not mean that he has done everything, at least in Cheste, where he will have to go back to the race, as he finished twelfth in the qualifying session. In training, the best time was for Franco Morbidelli, followed by Jack Miller and Takaaki Nakagami. Pol Espargaró was the best of the home drivers, fifth, followed by Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró, sixth and seventh, respectively.

The relief of Márquez

In the year of the coronavirus and the injury of Marc Márquez, the queen category of motorcycling is looking for a new champion. And Mir has earned the merit of being the one who ends up lifting the trophy. Although he has only won one race this atypical season, he has climbed the podium in 7 of the 12 that have been contested so far. A regularity that gives him the title of virtual champion. Although he, prudent, prefers not to lose sight of the world. MotoGP has up to six riders who mathematically aspire to the throne. Mir has the best and behind him, with 125 points, are the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo and the Catalan Álex Rins, who are waiting for a possible puncture of the leader. Already further behind are Maverick Viñales (121), Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso (117 both), who have remote options and would need something more than a miracle.

Despite being 12th in training, in Cheste he has a good chance, because he will be champion if he finishes on the podium, as long as Rins and Quartararo are ahead of him. If neither of the two pursuers wins, then Mir is enough to be seventh in the race. An option that would not be ruled out, as Quartararo will start from the eleventh position – just one ahead of Mir – and Rins will start from 14th place. There are even still other combinations that could give the title to Mir in the event of finishing beyond seventh place. In any case, and if all this fails – for example, because he has to give up – the Mallorcan would continue to be the leader in the last race next week in Portugal.

Albert Arenas defends three points

On the other hand, in this Sunday’s Grand Prix, Albert Arenas from Girona, who is three points ahead of the Japanese Ai Ogura in the Moto3 category, will also be looking to get closer to glory. Arenas will come out sixth, just ahead of his rival.


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