About a month ago I wrote that consistency can decide the championship. Today we have seen what that means. Joan Mir has been riding consistently since the beginning of the season. He keeps his cool. He describes himself as the most consistent rider competing for the championship. He seems to be right.
Even though there are still two races to go and 50 points to be awarded, he is well on his way to the title. For Joan Mir today was his first victory in MotoGP. The race in Valencia was a show run for the two Suzuki factory riders. Even though Alex Rins took the lead, Mir quickly caught up with his team-mate. Without much resistance Mir overtook Rins on lap 17. A gift victory from his team mate Alex Rins? Did Rins just let him pass? Without any resistance? Why? For the big picture. The victory allowed me to extend his World Cup lead and Rins also scored points. So why risk everything when you win so much more.
From that moment on, Suzuki rider Joan showed me his consistency. He unwound the laps without any big wobbles. He even followed me with the fastest lap times. But it was also a victory that I earned. Which the Suzuki pilot has earned. The same goes for the championship lead. He always drove consistently. He always told me that he has the strongest nerves and he always proved that to us. I drove constant lap times, over and over again.
Unlike other world championship favorites, I have not lost any of his consistency. Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso and also Fabio Quartararo lose points. Jumps melted. Consistency was missing. Even though there are still two races left and this MotoGP season shows that you have to expect everything, it would be nice if consistency would be rewarded in the end.
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