Jorge Martin (Ducati): Power on the brakes was not there / MotoGP

Jorge Martin (Ducati): Power on the brakes was not there / MotoGP

Pramac Ducati star and world championship leader Jorge Martin finished fourth in a thrilling MotoGP action in Austin and then spoke about his shortcomings in the battle against his rivals.

You can watch the MotoGP show in Austin many times and you will probably never get bored. Even though he couldn’t fight for victory after his fiasco and crashes on Saturday, Jorge Martin was able to regain his championship lead with his Pramac Ducati.

“I expected that the situation would be worse,” explains the vice world champion, who had to bow to his Bagnaia teammate Enea Bastianini at the end of the main race and thus miss the podium. “I’m in good shape, but we had no other choice than the soft rear tyre. It was difficult – we didn’t try to use Michelin.”

For the 26-year-old Madrilenian, the race did not go according to plan: “I had a little credit for Marc and Pedro – but I made a mistake in turn 11 – it went too far again on the eighth lap. Then they caught me and passed me on the brakes, so I wasn’t very strong this time. I just gave it my all in the last five laps. But 13 points was a good fight.”

Martin continues: “I’m not looking at the World Cup at the moment. But I’m happy that we already have 80 points, that’s a lot. We should be happy. This route is good, we are just focusing on ourselves and trying to improve the results for 2023. Austin is also a slope where we have had problems in the past. “So the result is very good and it is better to be ahead of the World Cup than behind.”

But for Maverick Viñales, the entire Ducati package could have a new World Championship challenger. Martin also refers to this: “I think many drivers can fight for the title. Pecco is still a favorite. He is number 1. We have Marc and we also have Pedro. He is very good and stable. It is important that we are quick and consistent at all times.”

“Five podium finishes in six races is very good and if we finish fourth on a bad weekend, then we’re happy to accept that. I felt a few vibrations, maybe one or two tenths per lap during the race. That’s not natural, but it’s not an excuse either . We have to solve this.”

US GP Results:
1. Maverick (E) April 41:09.503 minutes.
2. Pedro Acosta (E) GASGAS +1.728 sec.
3. Enea Bastianini (I) Ducati +2.703 sec.
4. Jorge Martín (L) Pramac Ducati +4.690 sec.
5. Francesco Bagnaia (I) Ducati +7.392 sec.
6. Fabio Di Giannantonio (I) VR46 Ducati +9.980 sec.
7. Aleix Espargaró (E) Aprilia +12.208 seconds.
8. Marco Bezzecchi (I) VR46 Ducati +13.343 sec.
9. Brad Binder (ZA) KTM +14.931 sec.
10. Raúl Fernández (E) Trackhouse Aprilia +16.656 sec.
11. Miguel Oliveira (P) Trackhouse Aprilia +18,542 sec.
12. Fabio Quartararo (F) Yamaha +22,899 sec.
13. Jack Miller (AUS) KTM +24,011 sec.
14. Augusto Fernandez (E) GASGAS +27.652 sec.
15. Alex Márquez (L) Gresini Ducati +32.855 sec.
16. Luca Marini (I) Repsol Honda +33,528 sec.
17. Marc Márquez (ESP) Gresini Ducati out
18. Alex Rins (E) Yamaha out
19. Joan Mir (E) Repsol Honda out
20. Franco Morbidelli (I) Pramac Ducati out
21. Takaaki Nakagami (J) LCR Honda out
22. Johann Zarco (F) LCR Honda out

World Championship of Drivers to Austin:
1. Martin 80
2. Bastianini 59
3. Vinales 56
4. Acosta 54
5. Bagnaia 50
6. Fastener 49
7. Espargaro 39
8. Marc Marquez 36
9. And Giannantonio 25
10. Miller 22
11. Bezzecchi 20
12. Every quarter
13. Alex Márquez 14
14. Oliveira 13
15. Raúl Fernández 7
16. Augusto Fernandez 7
17. Mir 7
18. Zarco 5
19. When 3
20. Nakagami 2
21. Morbidelli 0
22. Marini 0

1. Ducati 96
2. KTM 76
3. April 72
4. Yamaha 19
5. Honda 8
1. Ducati Lenovo 109
2. April 95
3. Pramac 80
4. KTM 71
5. YEAR 61
6. Grease 50
7. VR46 45
8. Yamaha 22
9. Trackhouse 20
10. Honda 7
11. LCR 7