Monday, December 11, 2023

Jorge Martín achieves a new record and adds his fourth pole position

The Spanish Jorge Martin (Ducati Desmosedici GP23) added his fourth pole positionin addition to a new absolute record for the “Chang International” circuit in Buriram, in the official classification for the Thai Grand Prix of MotoGP.

Martín now has a total of 34 pole positions, which equals the legendary Ángel Nieto in that statistical table and which is the thirteenth in MotoGP and the fourth of the season.

It didn’t take long Alex Márquez (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) taking advantage of the pace of free practice to take the lead in the first classification, just ahead of his brother Marc (Honda RC 213 V), who was 166 thousandths of a second away when practically all the drivers had completed just three laps and were entering their workshops to prepare a second exit to the track.

Marc Márquez He took to the track behind the wheel of Australian Jack Miller (KTM RC 16), but many riders immediately stopped waiting for some reference, which in the case of the Spaniard continued to be the Australian.

But in another area of ​​the track Raúl Fernández (Aprilia RS-GP) managed to square all the sections to get second, which left Marc Márquez out of the pass to the second classification, with just two minutes of effective training.

Márquez persevered in his choice to follow in Miller’s footsteps, Well, on the seventh lap he managed to improve in all the sections to reach first position, with 1:29.830, just 20 thousandths of a second faster than the Italian Fabio di Giannantonio (Ducati Desmosedici GP22).

In another area of ​​the circuit and alone, Alex Márquez improved his personal best time by running in 1:29.743, which lifted him to first position and, together with his brother Marc, they were the ones who moved to second classification.

And this second classification did not take long to wait, with all the drivers taking to the track practically in unison and already with some very fast reference in the second lap, first with the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) and later with the Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) and South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16).

Bezzecchi was the first to break the 30-second barrier by lapping in 1:29.789, but on another side of the track the Spaniard Jorge Martín was below the record splits and when he crossed the finish line he achieved his goal, by stopping the stopwatch at 1:29.491, two tenths of a second over Binder (1:29.699) and almost three over Bezzecchi, who had the record since last year at 1:29.671.

And, while Martín topped the classification in the same Neither of the two Márquez brothers were seenneither to Alex nor to Marc, who did not have a reference time.

On the second outing on the track “Pecco” Bagnaia he put his foot on the ground to prevent anyone from following himwhile Marc Márquez tried to get behind Jorge Martín’s wheel, something that could benefit him to put as many drivers as possible between him and the Italian Bagnaia in the starting formation.

Bezzecchi lowered his time again and beat Martín’s recordwith 1:29.483, just 8 thousandths of a second faster than the Spaniard, but there were still at least two more laps to go.

Jorge Martín only needed one turn to claim his fourth pole position of the season by lowering his time to 1:29.287ahead of the Italian Luca Marini (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) and the Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP).

Marco Bezzecchi, Brad Binder and “Pecco” Bagnaia finished on the second line, with the brothers Alex Márquez, Marc Márquez, and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia RS-GP), in the third, and in the fourth the Frenchmen Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP23) and the Spanish Augusto Fernández (Gas Gas RC 16 ).


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