Can Suzuki’s Joan Mir Win The 2020 MotoGP Championship This Weekend?

2020 MotoGP Championship - Joan Mir
Joan Mir – Suzuki ‘s MotoGP title contender. (Images: Suzuki)

It’s been 20 long years since Kenny Roberts Jr. won the MotoGP Championship for Suzuki. Now Spaniard Joan Mir, is poised to do the same for the Japanese maker. Hold your breath…

What a season this has been, with Honda’s superstar Marc Marquez, sidelined by injury. As a result, the 2020 championship has swung like a pendulum with 15 different riders winning races this season and the championship lead changing hands seemingly race by race.

This weekend the riders line up in Valencia to duel for the 2020 MotoGP Championship with almost half — yes, half — the field in with a mathematical chance at the title. There have been nine different winners this season, five of them first timers, with more twists and turns than anyone would have predicted when competition re-started in Jerez after the Covid lockdown.

Joan Mir has been ‘Mr Consistent’ all season long, with only one victory, but podium finishes in most races. He starts this weekend with a 37 point lead over his closest rival Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha). Mir’s teammate Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Maverick Vinales of Yamaha are the next closest contenders for the crown.

Will Mir restore championship glory to Suzuki?

How Mir can win the 2020 MotoGP Championship

Joan Mir will win the title if the following scenarios play out:

  • On the podium, no matter where his rivals finish
  • 4th, 5th or 6th, and Fabio Quartararo or Alex Rins don’t win
  • 7th and Quartararo, Rins or Maverick Viñales don’t win
  • 8th, 9th or 10th and Viñales doesn’t win, plus Quartararo and Rins don’t finish better than 3rd
  • 11th and Viñales, Franco Morbidelli or Andrea Dovizioso don’t win, and Quartararo and Rins don’t finish better than 3rd
  • 12th, 13th or 14th and Morbidelli or Dovizioso don’t win, Viñales doesn’t finish better than 3rd, and Quartararo and Rins don’t finish on the podium
  • 15th and Morbidelli or Dovizioso don’t win, Viñales doesn’t finish better than 3rd and Quartararo and Rins don’t finish better 5th
  • He fails to score any points and Morbidelli and Dovizioso don’t finish better than 3rd; Viñales doesn’t finish on the podium; Quartararo and Rins don’t finish better than 5th.

In addition, Suzuki head to the Valencia GP with a seven-point lead over Ducati in the MotoGP™ Constructor World Championship and could clinch the title at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the first time in the premier class since 1982, if the following happens: the first Suzuki rider across the line scores 18 points more than the first Ducati rider, one point more than the first Yamaha rider and doesn’t concede more than three points to the first KTM rider.