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Martin: “Today was a difficult day”

Martin: “Today was a difficult day”

Two crashes on the final day of private testing limit laps for Jorge Martin who still manages competitive times.

Testing the new Mahindra MGP30 for the first time, Jorge Martin was eager to get to work during two days of private testing in Jerez. Unfortunately for the Mapfre Team Mahindra rider, the two days of testing were plagued with technical issues, the gearbox causing problems over both days. The second day of the test was especially difficult as Martin fell twice, suffering bruising but escaping major injury. This saw the majority of Martin's time soaked up as his team worked to repair his bike as quickly as they could During the two days Martin set a best time of 1’47.857 for fifth overall, within half a second of the fastest rider and 0.305s ahead of his teammate Francesco Bagnaia. Moto3™ riders and teams will be back in Jerez in early March for the first official test of 2016.

Jorge Martin: “Today was a difficult day because I crashed early on and it took time to repair the bike. The gearbox wasn't working well and going into turn five I had to brake a little extra so that I didn't run into the gravel, but I crashed. All morning we had trouble downshifting so in the end we went back to last year's gearbox. That meant I could ride more comfortably but then in the penultimate session I had another crash. So in the end we haven't done many laps today but luckily the team have worked very hard towards the next test. I hurt my left hip and arm in the second crash but it's not serious, just some bruising. It has been good to get a feel for the new Mahindra, which is quite different to the old one. It has more potential in certain areas, such as acceleration. In comparison with the others we still have work to do but hopefully there is time before the next test for Mahindra to improve some things.”

Tags:
Moto3, 2016, Jorge Martin, ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3

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