Jorge Martín is a rookie, but he doesn’t need anyone to learn the lines of a MotoGP race. He knows how to take command. Enjoy riding solo. It is smooth on the handlebars, takes care of the tires and manages their wear like a veteran. All this was already seen last week at the Spielberg circuit, where he won and where this Sunday a date of the Motorcycle World Championship will be held for the second consecutive weekend. Things of these times of pandemic in which events are continually canceled. In Austria, a Saturday later, Martín again squeezed his Ducati to take pole position, again. He also broke a new record by completing the lap in 1m22.643s, almost three tenths faster than his own time in the so-called Styrian GP.
The 23-year-old from Madrid will start again this Sunday from the top of the grid. In addition, now he knows he is capable of winning and the taste of the triumph achieved six days ago is fresh. His Ducati, although from a satellite team, adapts perfectly to this Austrian circuit, with strong braking and tight corners that are not resisted by Martín, whose driving brings together the best of the great leaders of the category: he has a good step cornering, also aggressive braking. And it is a sponge that has learned at breakneck speed. This Saturday, on this track raised with the income from the Red Bull energy drink, the Pramac team rider took pole at the last moment, when Fabio Quartararo, MotoGP leader, already looked victorious. But the Spaniard set a perfect lap, who, in addition to the French, second, also surpassed the great reference of the Borgo Panigale factory, Pecco Bagnaia, with the third best time. The Italian expected more from this qualifying session. But he suffered the performance of the tires in the same way that he did last Sunday, when he went out to win, but finished 11th when the tires failed him in the second start, after resuming the race after an accident.
Two other riders with tradition will start from the second row: fourth will be Johann Zarco, fifth, Marc Márquez, who is beginning to feel competitive again. The road – he continues to have pain and discomfort after fracturing his humerus a year ago and after three operations – is being difficult, and he does not know if he could be the same Márquez as before, but he assures that he will try.
Viñales: “I was wrong”
Who can begin to imagine what the future holds for him is Maverick Viñales, who has been removed from competition by Yamaha after his team found that he drove erratically during the last laps of the Styrian GP race: he forced the machine, he threw the gears and pretended to damage the engine. This was recognized by himself, who did not need to give many more explanations. “It was an explosion of emotions, I let myself be carried away by frustration,” he conceded this Saturday, repentant. He thought he had the chance to make a good result last Sunday, but when he took the second start, everything got complicated: his motorcycle stalled at the start, he had to start from the pit lane, did not go back, was penalized, and was, for the second time this course, the last. He could not manage that feeling of anger and paid for it with the motorcycle.
“Sorry. I sincerely apologize to Yamaha. I was wrong. I feel sad, so sad. I don’t like things to go like this ”. Catalan assures that his representative is in contact with Yamaha to resolve the situation. “My passion is motorcycles,” concluded the pilot in statements to DAZN. Yamaha accepts the gesture, but admits that nothing has changed yet in its relationship with the rider, punished by not contesting the Austrian GP while the parties analyze how to solve the problem. For now, it is anyone’s guess if Viñales will ever get on the M1 again.
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