2021 is the year of the big move for Jorge Martin. Having cut his teeth in the minor categories, it’s now time for the Spaniard to debut in MotoGP with the Ducati Pramac team and new team-mate, Johann Zarco.

Martin has clear ideas and only one goal and that is to be fast, right from the outset. “The MotoGP riders are all very strong. Binder, for example, or Alex Marquez, have been on the podium in their debut seasons and this shows me that I can do it too”, explains the 2018 Moto3 world champion during an interview with Marca. “I’ve already battled them in the past and if I do everything right, I think I can reach that level. Seeing rookies on the podium gives you extra motivation”.

The 2020 season was rather complicated for Martin, who tested positive for Covid-19 and was thus ruled out of the Moto2 title fight while lying second in the championship. “When they told me I was positive for coronavirus, I didn’t want to believe it. I had no symptoms and thought that I’d test negative a few days later and be able to race again. What struck me most was the fact that when I came back I wasn’t 100%. I’m pleased because I was able to turn the situation around".

Moto2, good training for MotoGP

Jorge Martin’s final thought has to do with Moto2, a category that is, in his opinion, underestimated but actually very challenging: I think Moto2 is a launch pad. I don’t understand why it’s always played down as it’s actually quite tough. In Moto3 there are many talented young riders keen to move up, while Moto2 is a category that has riders who stay there for years and, despite being very experienced, don’t have many chances to move on”.

Speaking of Moto2, two other rookies await him in MotoGP this season, or rather Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini. It will be interesting to see who adapts quickest to the top class.

Translated by Heather Watson

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