Joan Mir happy with the new boss of mechanics, Santi Hernandez

Author of the article: , published on February 12, 2024.

Spaniard Joan Mir has welcomed a change in the Repsol Honda garage, as he will team up with Santi Hernandez this season, with whom Marc Marquez won the Moto2 title and then six more MotoGP world titles.

Marquez left Honda at the end of 2023 and moved to the Gresina team, but he failed to bring his loyal chief mechanic there, who will work with Joan Miro from this year. Hernandez was initially expected to be assigned to Luca Marini to fill the seat vacated by Marquez, but before the end of 2023 Mir asked Honda to assign Hernandez to him, with Marini partnering compatriot Giacomo Guidotti.

"Joan asked us to make a change," explained team boss Alberto Puig. "It seemed reasonable to us, because Santi is Spanish and Giacomo is Italian, and it is easier for a racer to get closer to a chief mechanic who speaks the same language. Both sides of the garage are staffed by professionals who know the motorcycle well, so it's more about personal preference.”

Mir, however, has already noticed an improvement in the team before the start of the 2024 season. "The situation has improved," he said. "Santi's way of working suits me very well. It is well supported by titles won and not only helps me on the technical side. It is no coincidence that he has won so many titles, I like his methods.”

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