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#MiracleM1r: Celebrations Begin For The 2017 Moto3™ World Champion

After An Incredible Year, The Majorcan Takes The Crown At Phillip Island

Leopard Racing’s Joan Mir is the 2017 Moto3™ World Champion, taking the crown at Phillip Island after a stunning year that his seen him take nine wins so far. Mir, from Majorca, began in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and was runner up in 2014 behind Jorge Martin, before moving up to the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship for 2015.

Fourth in the standings that season as he competed with the Leopard Racing junior programme, Mir was on the podium in each of the races he finished with the exception of being crashed out in Valencia – ending the year only 36 points off Nicolo Bulega’s title-winning tally.

At the same time, the Leopard Racing team called Mir up for duty in the World Championship as an injury replacement for Hiroki Ono in Australia. Qualifying in fifteenth and then fighting for sixth in close company with teammate Danny Kent – who would go on to take the crown – the Majorcan crashed out but had already made an impression

Mir then readied himself to line up full time for the first time in 2016. Hitting the ground running, the Spaniard’s first win was a stunning performance from pole in Austria – an impressive feat followed by two further podiums in Misano and Valencia. Mir was fifth overall, and took the title of Rookie of the Year.

At the beginning of 2017, the Majorcan’s Leopard Racing team switched from KTM to Honda machinery, and Mir took the victory in the season opener in Qatar and the second race of the season in Argentina. Texas was his worst result in the first half of the year when he came eighth, but Mir bounced back on home turf at Jerez to take third, only a tenth off the win – and was quickly back on the top step at Le Mans.

He won again at the Catalan GP before stringing together wins at Sachsenring, Brno and Austria. Silverstone was a more difficult race and he lost some ground to key rival Aron Canet, before a calm ride in the rain to second at Misano. Aragon saw him back on top, setting him up perfectly with his first chance at the title at Motegi. In torrential conditions, the tale took a twist as key rival Romano Fenati took the win – and Mir didn’t score, coming home in P17. But at Phillip Island it was a different story, as the Majorcan took his ninth win of the year and his tenth overall to equal Fenati on all-time wins – and take the 2017 crown in style.

Biography

Date of birth: 1st September 1997
Place of birth: Palma de Majorca, Spain
First GP: Phillip Island 2015, Moto3™
First pole position: Red Bull Ring 2016, Moto3™
First podium: Red Bull Ring 2016, Moto3™
First victory: Red Bull Ring 2016, Moto3™
Starts: 35
Victories: 10
Podiums: 14
Pole positions : 1
Fastest laps: 5
Titles: Moto3™ (2017)

World Championship career

2015: FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship — KTM, 4th
2015: Moto3™ World Championship — Honda, 1 race
2016: Moto3™ World Championship — KTM, 5th, 18 starts, 144 points
2017: Moto3™ World Championship — World Champion — Honda, 16 starts, 296 points

Some Facts About Joan Mir

Joan Mir has won nine races so far this season, becoming the first to do so since the introduction of the Moto3™ class back in 2012 and the first in the lightweight category since Marc Márquez in 2010.

Mir has won ten Moto3™ races in his career so far, equaling Romano Fenati at the top of the table of most wins in the class.

Mir took the lead of the Championship when he won the first race of the year at Losail and has remained at the head of the standings throughout the rest of the season.

Mir belongs to the list of nine riders who have led more than 100 laps since the introduction of the Moto3™ class in 2012.

Mir clinched the title without a pole position. This is the fourth time it has happened in the lightweight category after Emilio Alzamora (1999), Loris Capirossi (1990) and Ángel Nieto (1984) – since 1974 when full pole positions were recorded.

This is the third successive year that a rider who comes from the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup has won the world title, after Danny Kent (2015) and Brad Binder (2016).

Mir is the second Moto3™ rider, after Alex Márquez (2014), to have clinched the title after his rookie year.

Words and images courtesy of www.motogp.com

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