Pramac Ducati’s Jorge Martin finally clinched his maiden MotoGP win at the Styrian GP on Sunday.
It was a sweet victory for the 23-year-old rider who previously missed out on four races due to a wrist injury sustained in Portugal.
Moreover, the Spaniard managed to overcome immense pressure from reigning world champion Joan Mir.
Nonetheless, the race was earlier shrouded by a red flag incident as a wildcard entry, Dani Pedrosa crashed and his KTM RC16 collided with Aprilia’s Lorenzo Salvadori.
After a thorough clean-up operation, the race was restarted with the original grid position.
Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller took the lead in the early stage before Martin managed to sneak through, followed by Mir.
Miller then found himself behind championship leader Fabio Quartararo in a battle for third place before the Australian lost his grip and crashed out.
As a result, Martin and Mir were left fighting for the win before the youngster took the chequered flag with a 1.5s lead ahead of the Suzuki rider.
MotoGP will return to action at the Red Bull Ring next week.
Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin will remain with Pramac Racing for the 2022 MotoGP season after agreeing on a new deal with the Ducati satellite team.
Zarco currently sits second in the championship thanks to three podium finish after six rounds of MotoGP.
The Frenchman, alongside Martin (who are directly under contract with Ducati), will race onboard the Desmosedici GP 2022 next year.
Paolo Campinoti, Pramac Racing Team Principal, expressed his satisfaction over the new deal.
“We are very satisfied to be able to continue on this “project” with Johann and Jorge, two boys with whom we get along very well and with whom we are reaching excellent results.
“Both Ducati and ourselves firmly believe in their abilities; we couldn’t be happier,” he said.
Meanwhile, Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director, revealed the decision behind it because the two riders were able to compete at a very high level with the GP21.
“Johann and Jorge this year have inserted themselves very well in the Pramac Racing team. For this reason, together with Paolo Campinoti and Francesco Guidotti, we have decided to proceed with them into 2022.
“We will put at the disposition of both, the official bikes for next season as well. We are certain that they will provide us with many satisfactions,” said Ciabatti.
It was only 35 days ago since Johann Zarco was given a chance to test the Ducati GP21 at the pre-season testing in Qatar.
Who would have thought, the 30-year-old rider, who was in limbo after his surprise departure from KTM in 2019, now leads the championship with 40 points after securing back-to-back second place at Losail International Circuit.
The Pramac Racing rider finished 1.092s behind Maverick Vinales in the first race before losing out to race-winner Fabio Quartararo on Sunday.
Not only that, the Frenchman is currently top Ducati rider, edging Ducati factory rider Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller.
“I did not expect to be leading the championship when I came here 35 days ago to start testing and learn the Ducati.
“I still have things to control better, to feel more comfortable and have more options during the race. So if I can still grow up in that way and use the full potential of the Ducati, then I can enjoy myself also at other tracks”, Zarco said.
Zarco can breathe easily now, having made one of the hardest decision in his life, to quit a factory team (KTM) to pursue a better machine that suits his riding.
“What happened two years ago is part of life. I took some decisions, and I’m pretty happy now that I’m back with the top guys.
“The first two races were a lot of fun and it was such a nice feeling. So it’s not the time to think of redemption or something like that. Just live your time and right now is this moment with Pramac and Ducati.
“What I decided two years ago, it’s done. So, happy. I cannot say I took the right decision or not. I took a decision then I did my way and thanks to Ducati I’m here,” he added.
MotoGP 2021 will see three rookie riders, including Jorge Martin who will be racing with the Pramac Racing team alongside Johann Zarco. To mark his momentous occasion into the premier class, the 22-year-old Spanish rider has signed with one of the best helmet manufacturers in the business, Shark Helmets. (more…)
Bagi yang mengikuti perkembangan di MotoGP, terutamanya di Misano pada 20 September lalu, Jack Miller terpaksa bersara awal selepas hanya dua lap.
Pelumba Pramac Racing itu gagal mengutip sebarang mata gara-gara visor ‘tear-off’ milik Fabio Quartararo telah disedut jenteranya lalu menyekat kemasukan udara di air filter.
Insiden itu menyebabkan jentera Ducati yang ditunggang mengalami masalah.
Miller bagaimanapun menyimpan visor ‘tear-off’ itu dan memuat naik gambar di akaun media sosial sebelum menyerahkannya ke Two Wheels for Life yang bertindak meletakkannya untuk bidaan.
Menariknya, visor ‘tear-off’ penuh kontroversi itu telah berjaya dijual dengan harga GBP4,000 (RM22,803) dan dibeli oleh seorang peminat MotoGP di Australia dengan jumlah bidaan itu kini akan disumbangkan ke badan kebajikan.
Perkara itu turut disambut baik Miller.
“Saya berbesar hati kerana dapat membantu Two Wheels for Life dalam meraih dana. Siapa sangka kita mampu mengubah sekeping plastik kepada sumbangan besar untuk sebuah badan amal,” jelasnya. – TwoWheelsforLife
Ducati Corse mengumumkan Jack Miller sebagai pelumba pasukan MotoGP Ducati bagi musim 2021.
Ducati dan Miller telah pun mencapai persetujuan tersebut dengan opsyen untuk melanjutkan kontrak sehingga 2022.
Miller meluahkan rasa bangga atas peluang yang diberikan.
“Saya mahu mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Paolo Campinoti, Francesco Guidottti dan seluruh pasukan Pramac Racing atas sokongan yang diberikan kepada saya dalam tempoh dua tahun setengah ini.
“Adalah satu kebanggaan dapat meneruskan karier dalam MotoGP bersama Borgo Panigale jadi saya ingin ucap terima kasih kepada Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide kerana memberi kepercayaan kepada saya.
“Saya tidak sabar untuk memulakan perlumbaan tahun ini dan kemudian meneruskan komitmen baharu sebagai rider Ducati pada 2021,” jelasnya.
Miller membuat penampilan sulung di MotoGP pada 2015 di usia 20 tahun sebelum sertai Pramac Racing (pasukan satelit Ducati) tiga tahun kemudian.
Dia menamatkan musim 2019 di kedudukan kelapan keseluruhan setelah merekodkan lima podium pada tahun sama.