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MotoGP, Martin: “Team orders? If Ducati asked me something I wouldn't listen"

Pramac Racing’s rider from Madrid is not particularly worried about any intervention by Borgo Panigale in the title fight: "With what they have invested in me, I am confident that they will give me the same chances as Bagnaia"

MotoGP: Martin: “Team orders? If Ducati asked me something I wouldn't listen

With six rounds to the end of the season and only three points separating Jorge Martin from the leader Francesco Bagnaia, anything can happen in MotoGP like never before. Even that a satellite rider wins the World Championship. Many seemed sceptical at the prospect of Ducati leaving the way free for the Pramac team’s native from Madrid, but in addition to having already received reassurances in this sense from Borgo Panigale's sporting director, Paolo Ciabatti, it was Martin himself who had shed some light on the issue relating to team orders.

Interviewed by our colleagues from La Vanguardia on the eve of the weekend in Catalunya, Martinator had in fact already specified that he had "confidence that, with what Ducati has invested in me, it will give me the same options as Bagnaia to fight for the championship". The Spanish rider however didn't feel like completely ruling out the possibility that team orders could arrive from Ducati: "We'll only know the day we both have a chance, with one or two races to play", but he didn't even seem to be concerned about this eventuality.

Although Enea Bastianini was able to battle wheel to wheel with Pecco last season, in which the rider from Chivasso was in full title battle with Fabio Quartararo, the Borgo Panigale bosses had given some orders to their riders. Indications that have not been given in this championship, as Martin himself recognized.

“Last year they were there. They told us that we had to be careful, that we couldn't overtake him... From the beginning of the season we were very careful with him, and in the end this affects you in the races - he explained - This year we haven’t received any warnings. And even if Ducati told me something, I wouldn't listen. Last year, when he had no options left, they tried to help him, above all we had to be careful if we wanted to overtake him."

The Madrilenian said he is convinced that he has several aces up his sleeve in the fight with Bagnaia, even if he doesn't see any possible ally on the starting grid of the premier class.

“How do you beat Pecco? Without making any mistakes. I have also been very consistent. I've always had the pace and speed - he admitted - Anyone who gets between me and him will be useful, but at the moment I don't see anyone. When I'm not there to stand up to him, there's no clear candidate to beat him. The more bikes there are in the battle, Bezzecchi and Binder, the better it is for the championship."

With a string of seven podiums, in GPs and Sprint Races, in the last four events held so far, Martin has managed to make up 59 points on the championship leader. The world championship ranking, however, is not the only thing that interests the rider of the Pramac team, who has a very specific target in mind: "My goal is to arrive in the factory Ducati team as soon as possible - Jorge reiterated - I'm getting results that speak for themselves and I hope Ducati appreciates it."

 

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