Jorge Martin ‘happier’ with wet Austria third than first MotoGP win

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits he was even happier with his third in the wet Austrian Grand Prix than he was with his maiden MotoGP win in the Styrian GP. 

Jorge Martin ‘happier’ with wet Austria third than first MotoGP win

Martin was one of the leading riders to pit for his wet bike on lap 25 of 28 of last Sunday’s Austrian GP as the rain started to fall heavier at this point of the race.

The Pramac Ducati rider started the final lap in 11th and thought he “destroyed my race” by pitting, but was able to carve his way through the slick runners on the wet track to claim third.

Martin had never been involved in a flag-to-flag race before last Sunday’s Austrian GP and admits he was “nervous”, while noting he nearly crashed as came in for his bike swap.

Having stormed to a maiden victory from pole in the previous week’s Styrian GP, Martin says his third in the wet conditions last Sunday made him happier than when he won as he “didn’t expect” that result.

“When the rain drops started I took a lot of risk there to try to catch the front group and I started to overtake,” Martin, who started from pole, said.

“I overtook Fabio [Quartararo], also Pecco [Bagnaia], but they were battling hard to be in the podium positions.

“But then when it was completely wet I saw [Marc] Marquez and Pecco go through the pits and I said ‘ok, it’s time to try’.

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“Then I was so nervous in the flag to flag change. I almost crashed, I did a stoppie and I hope my team is ok because I think one of my mechanics had a bit of pain.

“But anyway, when I went out of the pits I was still in third position.

“It was also really difficult with the wet tyres to stay on the bike. When I started the last lap I was P11, so I say ‘fuck, I destroyed my race, I should be with the slicks’.

“But as soon as I hit corner one, I saw all the riders in corner three and I said to myself ‘come on, it’s time to push, do your best’.

“And I arrived to the group in corner seven and I passed six, seven riders in two corners.

“So, it was a bit difficult to avoid all of them. But when I crossed the finish line and I was in a podium position I was super impressed, super happy, even more than last week because I didn’t expect that.

“Now I need some time to understand the last week and a half because two podiums and two pole positions is unbelievable.”

shares
comments

Related video

Mir “must win two or three races” to win 2021 MotoGP title

Previous article

Mir “must win two or three races” to win 2021 MotoGP title

Next article

The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP

The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP
Load comments
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Plus

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title Plus

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021