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MotoGP, Martin: "Tough to keep up with Aprilia and KTM, no grip, but it's fun"

"Today for the first time we made important changes to the set-up and in the end in the time attack they did not pay off. As for the tires, a step forward was made compared to last year. Here the skill of the rider emerges to look for ways to be more effective."

MotoGP: Martin:

First in Free Practice 1 and sixth in the afternoon session Jorge Martin was cautious in making a prediction of what the weekend at Montmelo may tell.

"It was a good day. I knew we would have to work a lot today and in fact we tried a new set-up, which we never do. It was necessary anyway because the gap to the other Ducatis, Aprilias and KTM is quite high. I think it was worth it, but in the time attack I missed something. Tomorrow we will have to try to figure out how to be faster. When we lack grip we are less effective. We have trouble transferring weight, then the rear starts to move and we lose it in other parts. With a little more balance we can improve, but compared to our opponents I think we will suffer," his comment.

About the critical issues encountered when the track offers less grip the Pramac team rider went on to explain, "Riding becomes much more tiring, as you brake late and all the weight comes forward. In general when you are on a stop-and-go track it is complicated because slowing down a bike in a few meters is complicated. For example in Austin it is like that, but physically I did well, and a similar situation will arise in Mugello as well. In any case I am confident because I train a lot and I am prepared. The current tires? They respond better and I can go on the gas sooner. In 2023, on the other hand, as soon as I accelerated I slipped. How do you handle the grip differences? You have to work on the position, not just in the saddle and take advantage of drifting . It's not easy, but it's good by bringing out the rider's skills and looking for ways to be more effective."

 

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