Martin of Pramac was “lost” before the MotoGP pole position in Australia

The Spaniard is making his first visit to Phillip Island as a MotoGP rider, which is back on the calendar for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martin was just inside the top 10 at the end of the race on Friday and later admitted he struggled to understand the flow of the Phillip Island circuit on his Ducati MotoGP.

But on Saturday he snatched his second pole of the season just 0.013 seconds off Honda’s Marc Marquez with a new lap record of 1’27.767.

“Yes, you definitely always make a lap record, you don’t do it every day,” said Martin. “I did it in Austin, back here.

“So, I’m super happy, I’m enjoying the moment because it’s been a while since the last time.

“Qualifying went very well, I felt super good in the first heat, but then I thought it would be really difficult to go even faster because I struggled a bit with the front in the second heat this weekend.

“But I was at the limit, risking a lot but in the end I had a nice reward.

“Surely yesterday I was quite lost, but I think the experience I had yesterday, trying to understand many references is important to understand at what time to go into the corners. So, I have taken a big step since yesterday. “

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Martin will be joined in the front row for Sunday’s race by his official Ducati counterpart Francesco Bagnaia, who ranks third.

Bagnaia is just two points behind the championship leader Fabio Quartararo who starts the race and starts with two positions ahead of the Yamaha rider, with Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia – who is 20 points behind in third place – close between them.

The Italian was not satisfied with his time attack bike after Friday, but he attributed the merit of having brought him to the front row to a change of set-up in FP4 before qualifying.

“Today the goal was definitely to be on the front row,” said Bagnaia.

“It’s always very important, so I saw him at the second exit… it was already at the first exit, but even more so at the second that there were more riders behind me.

“So I said ‘I’ll try to stop for a while in the outlap but if they don’t pass me I’ll push’ because I know the lap time wasn’t good enough to stay in the front row.

“I know that with a reference on this track you can lose a tenth, so I have already accepted it and I just tried my best to be on the front row.

“Thanks to the change we made to the setting in FP4, it helped me to be more competitive in Q2”.

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