Saturday, December 9, 2023

Martín: “I’m devastated. I’m starting to feel the pressure. I need to disconnect for a few days”

They are already alone. He Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati)one of the revelations of this season in the MotoGP World Championshipis already 79 points behind the leaderPecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati)too many when 111 remain. Only the young man from Madrid Jorge Martin (Ducati) It is causing fear in the world champion that he could lose the scepter. What’s more, Martín already deserved to be the leader and the favorite, but he fell to the ground against Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) and he missed the tire in the next race, but he is much faster than the cerebral Bagnaia, who exceeds only by 13 points to the man from the Prima Pramac Ducati team.

“I’m very happy, it’s a fabulous feeling, because today (Sunday) I wasn’t better than them. I was afraid of their same tools, but I didn’t see myself as better than them, I didn’t have those little decisions that I had on Saturday,” Martín commented to the finish of the race in Thailand, where he performed a prodigious last lap.

“I saved tires at every moment, I saw that Pecco was approaching and I tried to leave, but I no longer had any tires left,” continued Martín, who acknowledged that “it was the most beautiful race of my life. The end was very hard. “But we survived. The bad moments are what make you stronger, especially if you overcome them, of course.”

Jorge Martín (Ducati), chased by ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati), in Thailand. Alejandro Ceresuela

Martín asked for four or five days of disconnection “please”, after three very hard races in a row. “I need to disconnect a little. I’m already starting to feel the pressure. On Saturday, after winning the sprint race, I didn’t enjoy the victory at all, thinking about Sunday’s race. I could not sleep. It doesn’t make much sense. I am mentally destroyed. I need four or five days of disconnection.” Destroyed or not, what Martín could not consent to “is that ‘Pecco’ tried to pass me on the outside, no, ‘Pecco’, no, not on the outside,” said the winner of Buriram about the suicidal overtaking that the Ducati champion tried to carry out, with Martín and the South African Brad Binder (KTM), on the penultimate lap.

Bagnaia, in its place

“I think it was one of the most beautiful races to see as a spectator, right? Well, there was everything. To be honest, at the beginning I found myself in several troubles and, while saving the tire for the end, I had no choice but to take a risk and get into trouble, otherwise Jorge (Martín) and Brad (Binder) would have left. at all,” says Bagnaia, happy because, on a regular day, he travels to Malaysia next week, still the leader and still 13 points ahead of ‘Martinator’.

When they tell him that Martín has recognized that he is beginning to feel the pressure that the title chaser must also endure, Baganaia comes to say ‘welcome to the club’. “The pressure has been on me since the World Cup started, because I am the champion and, suddenly, I am the leader. But I have to admit that pressure is the most beautiful thing about our sport and you should use it to motivate yourself, not to worry.”


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