Jorge Martin felt satisfied because he appeared competitive during the free practice session at the Phillip Island Circuit, Friday (20/10/2023) / Photo: Jorge Martin Almoguera (@89jorgemartin)
PHILLIP ISLAND – Jorge Martin felt satisfied because he appeared competitive during the free practice session at the Phillip Island Circuit, Friday (20/10/2023). According to him, several trials on the tires produced positive notes for the Pramac Ducati racer.
In the first free practice (FP1), Martin was the fastest after recording a time of 1 minute 29.039 seconds. In FP2, he managed to improve his record with 1 minute 27.943 seconds.
Even though he improved his time in FP2, Martin was less fast than Brad Binder, who was fastest in FP2 by 0.279 seconds behind. Nevertheless, the racer from Spain was satisfied with the speed of the Desmosedici GP23 iron horse.
“I feel very strong. In the morning I was immediately very competitive. With used medium tires I was the fastest on the track,” said Martin as quoted by Speedweek.
“I also did a lot of laps with the soft rear tire. Then I became even faster with the medium used tire,” he added.
These results are clearly very good capital for Martin considering that he is on track to win the 2023 MotoGP title. He is currently competing closely with Francesco Bagnaia, who is only 18 points behind.
Because of this, Martin hopes to get the best position in the 2023 Australian MotoGP. According to him, getting a position in the front row is very important to achieve maximum results at the Phillip Island Circuit.
“Starting deep at the front will be very important. The weekend in Indonesia is not a problem, after a difficult weekend you can come back fast in the next race and we were no different. I have confidence that we will be strong here too.” said the 25 year old rider.
“However, I had some problems when overtaking, for example at turns 4 and 10, so I wanted to improve there. Whatever happens, I’m ready to race. I’m even faster than in 2022,” he added.