The Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) got third place in the Doha MotoGP Grand Prix, his first podium in the premier class of the World Cup, and said he is “very happy”, although he pointed out that he knows “a little by little, for having lost second position in the last lap.”
“It gives me a bit of anger, but before I would have signed a third,” he added.
“I think I have done a very mature race and weekend, always working alone and trying to create my riding style and we have made a big step forward because I tried the bike for the first time a month or so ago, even, and be third, in my second run in MotoGPIt’s something unique, “explained Martín.
Leading 18 laps has been very difficult
“Leading 18 laps has been very difficult because on the one hand it has gone well for me since I have made my pace and I have been managing the tires and if I felt any noise that they were going to overtake me, I would brake late so that they would not overtake me because I wanted to control the race and I’m happy, “said the Ducati rider, who dedicated his podium to the recently deceased Fausto Gresini.
“It is clear that in the end I have seen myself first and in some moments I have thought ‘be careful that you can fight for victory’, but when Fabio happened to me I saw that he had a plus and even so I managed to hold him and I did a lap behind him, “he noted.
Zarco is in a position where he has to fight for the World Cup and I don’t
“I have seen that it was very difficult to win and I have tried to maintain second place to get at least 20 points, although it is clear that that is not my goal, but it is also clear that if it had not been Johann (Zarco) I would have entered the last corner without hesitation, “said o Martín, and acknowledged:” In the end he has a different role in the team, he is in a position where he has to fight for the World Cup and I don’t. “
“I’m happy because I think I had a great race, leading many laps and wanting to continue learning because it is clear that when we go to circuits like Portimao or Jerez in what I have not ridden with a MotoGP, I am going to go a little in tow, and there will be circuits in which I go well and others in which not so much, “he said.
The pilot of Pramac Ducati he stressed that he only needs more laps “and a little speed at the end of the race.” “But I have held the rhythm and a few tenths between all the laps, and that is something brutal, in addition to the fact that everything I have proposed I have done,” he added.