Jorge Martín flies for pole in MotoGP


The Spanish rider Jorge Martín (Ducati) won pole position this Saturday for the MotoGP race at the Qatar Grand Prix, the opening round of the Motorcycle World Championship, while the eighth champion Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) will start from the front row of the grid for the first time since Austin.

With night falling in Losail, the rider from Cervera, slipstreaming, set the first great benchmark time (1:53.566), which a couple of minutes later was surpassed by the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) with Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda) very close behind. .

The time of the oceanic remained in front until about three minutes remained in the session, when first Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati) and then Márquez snatched the privileged position. With all the riders rushing their options, Jorge Martín (Ducati) flew to set a 1:53.011 that no one could beat.

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“I’m not too confident for tomorrow, we lack ‘grip’. Today I didn’t expect it. I’m happy, I have to assimilate it, because I’m thinking about that rhythm that we need”, said the man from San Sebastián de los Reyes in statements to DAZN after the qualifying session, in which he took his fifth pole position in just 15 races in the premier class.

Meanwhile, the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati) slipped into the front row with the time expired, dropping Márquez to third place and kicking Miller out of the same row. Behind them came the brothers Aleix (Aprilia) and Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda), fifth and sixth respectively.

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Joan Mir (Suzuki) was guaranteed an eighth starting position, while his teammate Àlex Rins will start tenth. The current world champion of the premier class, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), was forced to go through Q1 and confirmed the bad day of the Yamaha, being eleventh and the first bike of the brand with the three tuning forks.

Among the Spaniards who failed to advance to Q2, Àlex Márquez (Honda) will start eighteenth, just ahead of Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), while Raúl Fernández (KTM) will start twenty-third and penultimate.

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