The most patient Viñales wins the Grand Prix of Qatar
Jorge Martín (Madrid, 23 years old) cannot believe it. He is a novice in MotoGP, he is dressed in the suit of the Ducati satellite team, the Pramac, and he has just taken pole position at the Losail circuit, in Qatar, where this Sunday the second consecutive race is held in Qatari lands. the second on the MotoGP calendar. "I can't believe it," he repeated. To his technicians, as soon as he arrived at the corralito and without even taking off his helmet. To the journalists as soon as they put the mike in front of him. If he was hallucinating, in preseason, when riding a motorcycle that exceeds 350 km / h, he was hallucinating even more this Saturday when he saw himself first in the classification table. On all the time screens scattered around the circuit there was his name. “It's just amazing,” he insisted in front of the DAZN.
cameras. “I don't believe it, it's my second weekend in MotoGP . After everything we've been riding here these days, I've been on pole … I'm very proud of myself. Of all those who have helped me, of my family. It is a day to remember in my life ”. The sun had fallen and the atmosphere cleared. The storm subsided and despite the amount of sand and dust still on the asphalt on a track built in the middle of the desert, conditions were much better than in the early afternoon. And Martín, who had given up running in the first session of the day, finished the day with the best time.
After seeing him fly at the start of the first race of the course, last Sunday, at the same Losail circuit – his The start was rocket style: he went from 14th position on the grid to fifth when he reached the first corner, although then he lost positions due to lack of rhythm in his debut in the category (he finished 15th) – Martín managed to get a lot of talk from him this Saturday.
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motorcycling race He did a lap in 1m, 53'8s and took the lead. But there were many minutes to go. The last attempts by Quartararo, Zarco, Viñales … were a true dance of times and a fight, again, between Ducati and Yamaha. But Martin finished off, who wanted and did not want to gamble. He was following in the wake of his Ducati teammate, Pecco Bagnaia. He waited for the Italian to pull the car. But since he did not do it, the Madrilenian hit the gas. And he flew again. "I had to pull, there was no other," he conceded.
The Spanish rider will start from the top of the grid this Sunday. He will have Zarco and Viñales by his side, trying not to let them escape at the start. Although he, who always had his feet on the ground, warns: "what I will try to do is get to the first corner first." He knows that it will not be an easy task. And that his lap-by-lap pace is not comparable to other more experienced riders on the grid. But the performance in just five days of MotoGP shows his enormous talent, the same one he wasted only three years ago in Moto3, a category of which he was champion.
A sandstorm and a Rossi in distress
Qatar, in the east of the Arabian peninsula, is the desert of the Persian Gulf. Doha, which gives its name to a MotoGP event for the first time as it is the second grand prix in consecutive weeks hosted by the Qatari state, is the only large city in a small and powerful country – gas and oil sustain it – that has the size of the Island of Jamaica. The rest: small population centers, many buildings and a lot of sand. Much of that sand ended up on the track of the Qatari circuit, already sandy, the asphalt dirty and the areas of the track far from the good line of the track dirtier. The strong gusty winds that intensified this Saturday in the middle of the afternoon – winds of 25km / h and gusts of up to 40km / h – and the consequent sandstorm that caused a kind of fog around the circuit, led to a third training session that did not it served practically nothing. So dangerous and useless did it seem to go out onto the track in such conditions that only two Ducati left the box in that session. Pecco Bagnaia, podium in the Qatari Grand Prix a week ago and one of those who decided to gamble, did just six laps of the circuit, half of which Fabio Quartararo did, the fastest in that first free practice of the day. Zarco, second a week ago, Miller, the fastest on Friday and fourth classified this Saturday; Martin, finally the man on pole, didn't even ride the Desmosedici. They did not pay the bill. The second row will be completed by Quartararo and Bagnaia. The Suzuki, Rins and Mir ranked eighth and ninth. Rossi, who was fourth on the grid in the first race of the year a week ago, will start this Sunday from 21st position.
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