Three podiums from the last four races have propelled Joan Mir into the fight for the most unlikely of MotoGP titles. However, there are other factors that further back up his chances of serving up Suzuki’s first premier-class crown since 2000
There are certain similarities between this MotoGP season and that of 2000. Back then it was the consistent apparition of rain that affected more than half of the races, levelling the playing field for the machinery and favouring wet-weather specialists such as Kenny Roberts Jr on the Suzuki RG500.
This year, the absence of reigning six-time world champion Marc Marquez and the introduction of a new Michelin rear tyre have, at least up to now, been the ingredients for the most open and unpredictable season in history.