MotoGP 2021, GP Qatar/2. Jorge Martin in pole position – MotoGP

MotoGP 2021, GP Qatar/2. Jorge Martin in pole position – MotoGP
MotoGP 2021, GP Qatar/2. Jorge Martin in pole position – MotoGP

Pole position at the second race in MotoGP: from goosebumps. It has always been said that Jorge Martin is an extraordinary rider, a potential phenomenon, but even his biggest supporters would not have thought of seeing him on pole at the his second race in the highest category.

A pole that Martin has deserved: he was always the fastest in all qualifying, twice with the first tire, definitively with the second.

History says that in MotoGP, only two drivers took pole in the second race: Casey Stoner in 2006 and Marc Marquez in 2013, both with Honda. Just writing these names gives you goosebumps. Who knows how Martin will feel …

“It was really nice, I rode very well. Usually I don’t like the wind, but I changed my style a bit and after a lot of work this pole is incredible. I was at the limit, I was going corner by corner. I didn’t know if I would get to the next one! Tomorrow it will be essential to learn as much as possible in the race “, he says with a contagious smile.

“He has an enthusiasm that involves us all,” he says Francesco Guidotti, the team manager who wanted him at all costs in Pramac: another confirmation of the great qualities of Francesco, one of the best (if not the best) team managers in the category. Always Guidotti, two years ago, had tried to bring Johann Zarco in Ducati: now that he has succeeded, he also enjoys French.

“We are very happy, Jorge did a great job. I gained confidence with the new tires in the first exit, I did a decent time, but not enough. You can with the second tire I didn’t have enough time to do two laps, but I had trust. With the wind it was complicated, we can have a good race“, affirms the Frenchman, perhaps a little regret – it is my impression – of having been beaten by his team mate.

What can they do tomorrow? Zarco very well, Martin finds it hard to indicate him among the favorites, but it has been seen that any undertaking is within his reach.

To complete the first row, here is the ‘usual’ Maverick Vinales. Usual, because by now he is showing great psychological strength, in addition to the usual speed: after the first tire, he seemed a bit nervous, instead did an amazing ride.

“We did a good job. I didn’t feel good with the first tire, he was sliding a lot behind. Good with the second tire, good pace in FP4: achieved today’s goal“, underlines Vinales, who now knows he can play even if he does not finish first (it will be almost impossible) at the first corner.

The step has a good one, perhaps best of all, but, as the engineer said Gigi Dall’Igna “this time we are more ready than last week”. In short, it looks like another Vinales challenge against Ducati, with Jack Miller fourth and Pecco Bagnaia sixth

Suzuki like last Saturday

The Suzuki will it also be able to enter this time? Alex Rins is eighth, Joan Mir is ninth, once again passed by Q1.

As seen in the previous race, not putting Suzuki among the first seems wrong: the pace is good.

Aprilia confirms itself, it disappoints Honda

Aleix Espargaro bring theAprilia in seventh place: he is an Aleix who rides very well, who exploits the potential of the bike and who, for the moment, is making little mistakes. It can do well.

On the other hand, his brother is in great difficulty Pol with the Honda, only 15th, in great difficulty. The best Honda is that of the test rider Stefan Bradl, 11esimo; it looks like a very complicated race.

Rossi never so bad

After last Saturday he had never gone this strong in Qatar, also thanks to the wake of Bagnaia, Valentino Rossi closes the qualifications in penultimate place, never so bad in his entire career. Unfortunately the difficulties are enormous and, if you think about it, apart from the “tow” ride last Saturday, Valentino has never been effective. A solution must be found, which, however, has not been found for years.

Subdued too Franco Morbidelli, only tenth and not perfectly at ease even on the step. Among the other rookies, this time he impressed the most Luca Marini, which missed the Q2 for only eight thousandths.

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The ranking of qualifications

Pos. On one. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 89 Jorge MARTIN SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 349.5 1’53.106
2 5 Johann ZARCO FROM Pramac Racing Ducati 346.1 1’53.263 0.157 / 0.157
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 336.4 1’53.267 0.161 / 0.004
4 43 Jack MILLER OUT Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 341.7 1’53.303 0.197 / 0.036
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FROM Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 336.4 1’53.469 0.363 / 0.166
6 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 339.6 1’53.654 0.548 / 0.185
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 337.5 1’53.705 0.599 / 0.051
8 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 336.4 1’53.745 0.639 / 0.040
9 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 332.3 1’53.785 0.679 / 0.040
10 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 329.2 1’53.794 0.688 / 0.009
11 6 Stefan BRADL GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 342.8 1’54.224 1.118 / 0.430
12 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA BY Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 337.5 1’55.096 1.990 / 0.872
13 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Esponsorama Ducati 343.9 1’54.228 0.297 / 0.008
14 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 342.8 1’54.261 0.330 / 0.033
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 340.6 1’54.402 0.471 / 0.141
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 339.6 1’54.481 0.550 / 0.079
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 341.7 1’54.528 0.597 / 0.047
18 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 341.7 1’54.555 0.624 / 0.027
19 23 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 336.4 1’54.632 0.701 / 0.077
20 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 340.6 1’54.731 0.800 / 0.099
21 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 336.4 1’54.881 0.950 / 0.150
22 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 333.3 1’55.823 1.892 / 0.942

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