Suzuki's Joan Mir seals MotoGP world title in Valencia

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Joan Mir
Joan Mir
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Suzuki rider Joan Mir clinched his maiden MotoGP crown and became the Japanese team's first world champion in two decades with a seventh-placed finish at the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday.

Spaniard Mir began the race with a 37-point lead over his closest challengers and ensured a fourth successive top-10 finish from 12th on the grid to emulate American Kenny Roberts Jr., who won the riders' championship for Suzuki in 2000.

Franky Morbido won today's race while South Africa's Brad Binder finished the race in fifth place.



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