A clear victory that repays the bitterness for the injury he suffered in Portugal that forced him to miss four rounds. Jorge Martin’s is a beautiful sporting page that showed the world all the talent of the Spanish rider already admired in Doha when “Martinator” managed to get his first pole in MotoGP.
This weekend the Ducati rider of the Pramac team was the real star at the Red Bull Ring. In qualifying he was the only one to go under the wall of 1’23 ” and in the race, also thanks to the problems suffered by the other drivers of the Borgo Panigale manufacturer, he shone by resisting the constant pressure of Joan Mir.
The Spaniard, excited about a well-deserved success, explained where he managed to make a difference this weekend to the microphones of Sky Sport MotoGP HD.
“In T3 I was the most competitive Ducati rider, especially in turn 6. Today we saw that Mir tried to pass me on a few occasions but I always managed to close the door. Even with a Ducati I was able to make a quick insertion, but at the end of the race the tires were already running out because to ride like this I was forced to slide the bike a lot. We have to work a little on this aspect ”.
For Martin this success has the flavor of resurrection after the injury he suffered in Portimao. Jorge, however, wanted to underline how that crash was fundamental in making him change his approach to MotoGP.
“The fall of Portimao helped me to calm down a little. I noticed this with the start of the race weekend. On Friday I start very cautious and try to understand the level of grip and then start pushing, while before the injury I immediately pushed to the limit. Now I don’t want to get hurt ”.
Having concluded the lucid analysis of today’s enterprise, Martin let himself go to feelings, dedicating this success both to his parents, who have always supported him from the beginning, and to Fausto Gresini, who saw in Jorge first of all a talented driver.
“When you get to MotoGP it’s almost all done, but the hard part comes first when you don’t have a euro in the bank and when my parents weren’t working. It was tough there. With the help of my family I managed to take a victory in MotoGP ”.
“I would have liked Gresini to have been here to witness this victory. He trusted me a lot and gave me a chance when I was about to give up. I hope he saw everything from up there ”.
Two poles and one victory are the balance of Jorge Martin so far in his MotoGP debut with Ducati. The Spaniard wanted to underline that the Desmosedici is a bike that adapts perfectly to his riding style and he said he was certain that with the increase of experience the important results will only increase.
“I’m in the right place, the Ducati is a fantastic bike and it fits my style. I didn’t have to change anything and for this reason I can go fast right away. I am one of the few riders who won in his debut year and this is an impressive thing ”.
“Just as when Lorenzo was in Ducati it was a competitive combination, I think the same can happen with me in one or two years”.
That the Red Bull Ring is a favorable track for Ducati has long been known, but this weekend Martin impressed with speed and consistency. The Spaniard now aims to repeat himself next week and has already set his first goals.
“Next week I’ll try again, I still have some margin. I think I can lower the time obtained in qualifying because I made some mistakes and I can take a few tenths off in the race too. I realized I could step into some corners ”.