Joan Mir wins the world title and follows the wake of Valentino Rossi

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Joan Mir, in the wake of Rossi…complete with yellow underwear

In Moto3, Joan Mir didn’t beat the twelve 125cc Grand Prix victories Rossi won in 1997 as he took the road towards his first world championship title. But Joan Mir’s nine victories came very close, the total for the season after the his win on Phillip Island, Australia, where he claimed the title.
Born in the Balearic Islands like Jorge Lorenzo, Joan doesn’t know his compatriot well, instead he readily admits that one of the (few) books he has read is Valentino’s autobiography and he is a great fan.
“Jorge and I don’t know each other well, practically speaking we have met only once this year at Formentera,” says Joan. “His father Chicho trained me at the beginning. But I understand Jorge. Being the star of MotoGP puts a lot of pressure on you.”
Regardless, that is precisely where Mir wants to go. Next year he’ll move up to Moto2 and will take Franco Morbidelli’s place on Team Marc VDS, one of the best teams in the world championship, at Alex Marquez’s side. Just one more coincidence, given the rider on Team Leopard openly gets his inspiration from the great Italian champion. As far as superstition, something Vale doesn’t talk about, Mir has no problem admitting that his fetish is (was) a pair of orange underwear, although he forgot to wear them when he earned his first championship victory in Austria!
WHO IS HE – Joan Mir was born in Palma de Mallorca on September 1, 1997. He initially appeared on the scene in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, where he won second place during his first season. In 2014, his season debut ended with three victories, two second places and one third place.
The next season he competed in FIM CEV Moto3, the series known as Junior World Cup, ending the year in fourth place overall and making his first appearance in MotoGP, replacing Hiroko Ono.
Signed by Team Leopard and in the saddle of a KTM, Mir won the honorable title ‘Rookie of the Year’ and went on to secure the next world championship title with nine victories.
By Paolo Scalera