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Factbox: MotoGP world champion Joan Mir

(Reuters) - Factbox on Spain’s Joan Mir, who clinched his maiden MotoGP title with a seventh-placed finish at the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday.

MotoGP - Valencia Grand Prix - Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain - November 15, 2020 Team Suzuki Ecstar's Joan Mir celebrates after winning the world championship REUTERS/Albert Gea

Born: Sept. 1, 1997 in Palma, Spain (age 23)

* Received his first bike, a Polini, at the age of six and took inspiration from watching his uncle, Joan Perello, who participated in the 125 cc class.

* Idolised seven-times premier class champion Valentino Rossi while growing up.

EARLY LIFE

* Competed for two seasons in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and secured three wins to finish runner-up to Jorge Martin in 2014.

* Made his Grand Prix debut the following year at the Australian GP, replacing the injured Hiroko Ono, but did not finish the race.

MOTO3

* Moved up to Moto3 with Leopard Racing in 2016 and claimed his first win in Austria before being named rookie of the year.

* Made his breakthrough in 2017 winning 10 out of 18 races to seal his maiden world championship title.

MOTO2

* Stepped up to Moto2 with Marc VDS Racing Team in 2018 to fill the spot vacated by champion Franco Morbidelli. Stood on the podium four times en route to a sixth-place finish.

MOTOGP

* Ending his contract with Marc VDS prematurely in mid-2018, Mir graduated to the premier class with the Suzuki factory team, replacing Andrea Iannone.

* Ended his debut campaign in 12th place on the back of several top-10 finishes.

* Offered the first glimpse of his title pedigree in the premier class by finishing second in Austria this year. Followed up with five podium finishes in his next six races.

* Bagged his maiden MotoGP victory at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, edging out team mate Alex Rins to become the ninth different winner of the 2020 premier class season.

* Sealed the title with a seventh-placed finish in Valencia to become Suzuki’s first world champion since Kenny Roberts Jr. in 2000.

Compiled by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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