The irony and vindication behind a rookie’s maiden MotoGP victory
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The irony and vindication behind a rookie’s maiden MotoGP victory

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Determined not to let his first season in MotoGP be defined by injury, Jorge Martin set his sights on a strong return from the summer break at the Red Bull Ring and delivered in fine fashion. But it could all have been different for the Pramac rider had he not landed on a bike that he feels ideally suited to, a situation only too easy to envisage

In an edition of Autosport’s Tank Slappers podcast at the start of the season, this writer predicted one of the MotoGP rookies to win a race. That reality came to pass in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix as Jorge Martin achieved his maiden victory.

The 23-year-old offered a glimpse at what was possible in April’s Doha GP, when he qualified on pole and led for much the race before eventually finishing third. His momentum was cruelly stopped next time out in Portugal when he crashed heavily in practice and broke his wrist, forcing him out of the next four races.

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