The 23-year-old Madrid rider, 2018 Moto3 champion, MotoGP ‘rookie’, will lead the grid tomorrow in his second race among the kings. “We have all been riding here for a month, which makes this ‘pole’ even more worthwhile,” says the pilot of the ‘satellite’ team Pramac. Champion Joan Mir (Suzuki) will start from far behind (third row) and veteran Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), will start penultimate.
Sensational, spectacular, almost unique, historical. The Madrid Jorge Martin , 23 years old, born in San Sebastian de los Reyes, Moto3 world champion in 2018 and who, last Sunday, raced his 100th GP of the World Championship (67 in Moto3, 32 in Moto2 and only one in MotoGP), has achieved today, in his second weekend among the kings of the championship his ‘pole position’ number 22, in the Doha Grand Prix in which tomorrow (7:00 p.m.) there will be 22 laps, with 22 riders and 22 liters of gasoline in the tank of his flying Ducati ‘Desmosedici’, the same with which he says “it is perfectly possible to reach, if we wanted, 400 kilometers per hour”.
Martin (Ducati, 1.53.106 minutes), whose nickname has been changed by everyone, going from ‘Martinator’ to ‘Rocket Martin’, will share the first row of starting tomorrow with his teammate (Pramac) and brand (Ducati), the French Johann Zarco, who is the one who holds the speed record on a MotoGP, when he crowned the Losail straight (Doha, Qatar) last Friday, at 362.4 km / h.
The third place will go to the winner of last Sunday and the new leader of the MotoGP World Championship, the Catalan Maverick Viñales (Yamaha).
The happiest man
“I can only say that I don’t believe it,” Martin told DAZN as soon as he got off the bike. “And I can’t believe it because it is my second weekend in MotoGP, with a motorcycle like the Ducati, all power but very easy to ride and after all, all of us, have been here, in Losail, in Qatar, for a month rolling.
That’s why achieving this ‘pole’, my first ‘pole’ in the big category, against so many champions is fabulous. There is no doubt, this April 3, 2021, is it April 3, right? I will never forget it in my life. ” It goes without saying that Martin thanked “everyone who has helped me get here and they too can share this joy with me.”
The ‘quali’ of the second weekend in Losail has been hilarious and has had a lot of ‘polemans’ throughout the 15 minutes that qualify, starting with Martin himself (1.53.892 minutes) and ending with himself ‘Rocket Martin’ on 1.53.106, passing Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, 1.53.794), Viñales (1.53.267) and the fast Zarco (1.53.263), who, in his last lap, was about to make him bitter this historic April 3, 2021 to the Madrid rider, who has once again placed a powerful Ducati, Pramac’s ‘satellite’, at the head of the second grid of the season as did the Italian ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia, with a better time, yes , 1.52.772, last Saturday.
The reason for the time difference is the strong headwind in Losail today.
Rossi, penultimate on the grid
As for the other favorites of tomorrow’s race, Jack Miller (Ducati), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati), protagonists last Sunday, will start from the second row. And Aleix Espargaró, who continues to shine with his Aprilia, will lead the third row where a discreet Joan Mir (Suzuki) and his teammate Álex Rins (Suzuki) will remain anchored, who still do not do good qualis on Saturdays.
And also to point out that the veteran Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), 42 years old and nine times champion, will leave the grid penultimate, bad times for the ‘Doctor’.
For its part, the first Moto3 starting line will be led by last Sunday’s winner, Jaume Masia (KTM, 2.05.913 minutes) , followed by Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) and Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda), while in Moto2 , the mighty Sam Lowes (Kalex, 1.59.055) is back on pole and will share the front row with Remy Gardner (Kalex) and Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex).