Jorge Martin was upset with the sanction he received in the final part of Austin’s race, which he understands deprived him of fighting for a podium that “was ours”.
The young driver of the Ducati-Pramac he was on the verge this Sunday of getting his fourth podium in the debut season in the premier class. Jorge Martin, winner in the Styrian Grand Prix and third in Doha and Austria, in addition to accumulating three pole positions, he crossed the finish line fifth in the race Austin, but he was 14 of the 20 laps of the race in podium position.
The Madrilenian, despite being conditioned by his problems in the biceps of the right arm and by the harsh conditions experienced in Austin, managed to place third on the fourth lap, and stayed solidly there until the last three.
When lap 16 had been completed, Martín suffered a departure from the track, skipping a chicane and losing almost a second of the advantage he had over the fourth classified, Pecco Bagnaia.
Race Direction decided to sanction him with a long lap, which he fulfilled in the last lap and which cost him to lose two positions and finish fifth.
“We have been quite close to the podium and surely I could have done it, I had everything quite under control, the pity is that I had a scare that made me jump the chicane. At the end of the race I had a lot of holes in the tire, we also suffered a lot chattering (rebound) and all this added to the physical state has contributed to him losing the position with Pecco”, explained the runner when asked by Motorsport.
Although Bagnaia overtook Martín before serving the sanction, the Spaniard lost any option to fight for the podium by having to do the long lap, after which he was also overtaken by Alex Rins.
“To begin with, it makes no sense that if you have a scare and you go straight, that you are already wasting time, on top of that they penalize you. The problem is that I cut and I was already in the first sector, I could not slow down any more, I simply lost 8 tenths compared to my best time and (according to the norm) you have to lose a second. So for only two tenths I had to do the Long Lap”, continued explaining the one from Pramac-Ducati.
The feeling of Martin is that he should not have been punished, since the loss of time for the mistake made was enough.
“The sanction is unfair, but more than anything because I have not cut (voluntarily), but I have had a scare and I have no other option, and that is why I see it unfair. But hey, Race Direction is not very fine lately and we can’t do anything ”, he said in a critical tone.
During the race it was possible to see how Bagnaia’s teammate, Jack Miller, gave her the place, a gesture from the Australian towards the Italian who still has options, although minimal, of playing the World Cup.
Despite having a contract with Ducati and I am an official driver, Martín does not consider that he had to make a similar gesture.
“There were no team orders, so in the case of having reached the end together and not having to do the Long Lap, I would have tried, I would have tried to overtake him. Surely, without the mistake I made at the start of the track I would not have recovered so much (Bagnaia) and I think the podium was ours, but if I had reached the last lap with options I would have tried for sure. In the end, he is not my team and there was no order, ”the Madrid native made clear, fighting to be better rookie of the year on his MotoGP debut.
Finally, Martin also valued the exemplary sanction received by Deniz Oncu and, unlike the more generalized current, the 2016 Moto3 world champion distributes the responsibilities of the accident more.
“I have seen the action, it is difficult. In Moto3 they always look for the slipstream. Perhaps the driver next to him should have been more attentive (Jeremy Alcoba), which has left you out of space. And also (the sanction) is affected by the situation we are in, by how the year is being with accidents and to set an example for the little ones in Moto3, who have to be more careful and not do this type of maneuver . I see it, not logical but it is a good example for the rest ”, the boy from San Sebatian de los Reyes.