Jorge Martin qualifies 15th at Mugello, happy with pace
Mugello seems to be set for an exciting Moto3 race on Sunday, if qualifying is anything to go by. The final stage of the grid-defining session was an unusual one, with riders entering the pits just over two minutes before the chequered flag fell in an effort to avoid traffic.
There was further chaos as Mahindra Aspar rider Pecco Bagnaia was relegated down the order for cutting a corner, and was informed of the decision in Parc Fermé. Romano Fenati, Andrea Migno and Khairul Idham Pawi make up the front row, while Brad Binder and Jorge Navarro -who head the overall standings- will start from the second row.
Both Jorge Martín and teammate Bagnaia have established a good pace for the race, and the pair will aspire to take the maximum possible points on raceday at Mugello. However, neither shall start from the grid position that their pace deserved.
Jorge will start from the fifth row, relegated down the order by a miscalculation in the final minutes of qualifying. The Spaniard came into the pits to shake off traffic, but his plan backfired and he was unable to put in a further hot lap.
However, he is confident that the race pace he has set on the opening two days will take him into the Top 10 on Sunday.
15th Jorge Martín 1.58.344:
“We have been going well all weekend so far, and we wanted to finish the job in the qualifying session. I went back to the pits because there was traffic on track, but that was a big mistake because we were very close at the end. I had thought about coming in to get rid of the traffic, and when I saw another rider do that, it convinced me. If I had got out well, tomorrow we would be starting from the front. In any case, I am happy with the pace we have and I think we can have a good race tomorrow.”