After the 3rd place won in the sprint race, Jorge Martin seemed to have what it takes to reach a good result in GP of the Americas,
despite not feeling well all weekend thanks to the flu. But something went wrong during the first lap. The Pramac team rider ended up falling in the gravel at Turn 3, unfortunately dragging down Alex Marquez with him and ending the race for both.
“It’s hard to say what exactly happened. It was the first lap. Maybe the tire was still too cold. The fall was a bit strange. I feel bad for Alex because I destroyed his race,” Martin said at the end of the Grand Prix.
A fortuitous accident caused by to the front of the Ducati #89 closing, triggered by Aleix Espargarò’s maneuver while the 25-year-old was in 9th position: “In the first two corners, I was in a safe position, and my sensations were as good as Saturday. Then Aleix went a bit wide ahead of me at turn two, which is why I had to take another trajectory, but as soon as I changed at turn three, I lost the front wheel. It’s a shame because I felt really strong,” Jorge – whose conditions improved over the weekend – said.
“From a health aspect, I felt much better,” the Spanish rider stated. He feels bad about the zero from the long race. The same fate befell Francesco Bagnaia, who ended up falling while he was ahead in the race, without any explanation for what happened.
“On Saturday, I fell twice because of the front. In general, I have a good feeling with the front, but maybe we need a bit more stability when braking,” Martin commented. “When we brake, the front locks more often. We need to better understand the problem in order to solve it.”