Superb second for Jorge Martin with maiden podium in Brno Moto3 thriller

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The heavy clouds that have hung over Brno all weekend finally burst on race day, with torrential downpours ahead of the Moto3 race leading many to tip Khairul Idham Pawi, winner of the two wet races so far this season, for a third win.

The Malaysian was starting from the tenth row of the grid but by the midway stage of the race he was already up into a podium position behind the flying Scotsman John McPhee and South Africa’s Brad Binder. However, on the fifteenth lap of nineteen both Binder and Pawi slid out of the race, leaving McPhee free to claim his first career win and the second of the season for Mahindra.

Behind him Mahindra Pull&Bear Aspar Team rider Jorge Martín’s battle with Fabio di Giannantonio for fourth place had now turned into podium positions, the Spanish youngster holding off the Italian to claim second.

Jorge Martín’s first career podium comes just seven days after his previous best finish of sixth in Austria. The Mahindra Pull&Bear Aspar Team rider had started from the front row of the grid thanks to sanctions for other riders for slow riding during practice and within just a few corners he was in the lead, a position he held for the first five laps.

As a group of faster riders came past Martín dropped back but he rode a cautious race to pick up the pieces and secure twenty points, doubling his haul for the season and boosting his confidence for the remaining races with his updated Mahindra.

2nd Jorge Martín:
“It is incredible. I can’t describe the feeling of stepping onto the podium for the first time. I tried to set my rhythm in the race and I took the lead for a few laps but the guys behind me came by really fast and I had to manage the situation. I knew there would be a few crashes and that I would have a chance to fight for the podium. Pawi, for example, was having a lot of big moments. With four laps to go I could see that Bastianini was in fourth place but he was three seconds back and wasn’t going to catch up. Even so, I could hear Di Giannantonio and I could see him on the big screen, so I took the final corner with a lot of care. I am really happy and want even more now. Ever since I moved up to the World Championship I have been fast in the wet but I think it would have been the same in the dry today. Since Mahindra brought the new gearbox we have been fast. It is not that Brno has been a one-off because we were also fast in Austria and we will be at Silverstone too.”

Source: Aspar Media

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