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24 days ago
By motogp.com

Jorge Martin one step closer to realising title ​dream

Speaking with DAZN España, the rookie admitted he was close to calling it quits before his outlook on racing, and life, changed

Few can be happier with their exploits at the Red Bull Ring over the past two weeks than Jorge Martin. The Pramac Racing rider secured back-to-back pole positions and a maiden MotoGP™ victory in Spielberg, which was then followed up by his third podium of the season. The rookie rider’s performance in the Austrian double is a testament to his resilience, having had to fight his way through intense rehabilitation in order to just get back out onto the circuit, with the Spaniard admitting he wondered whether it was even worth it when his injury was at its worst.

“The pain you suffer in a crash like this (in Portimao) is impossible to explain, but I can tell you that when I arrived in Barcelona I wanted to leave racing,” Martin said in an exclusive interview with DAZN España, though he explained he found his desire to compete once again.

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“After going through that moment, and finding the motivation to win, not just to try and come back, I wanted to come back stronger than I was. I wanted to come back stronger than what I had left, which was with the podium in Qatar, and having done that, it proved a lot to me and the values that I have and that I hope to keep all my life.”

“When you get to the World Championship you are fulfilling dreams: scoring points, podiums, winning, moving up to the next category, now it's all happening very quickly. But all riders have a big dream in mind and that is to be a Champion in MotoGP™, and that would be my big dream, and after this victory, I see it a little bit closer. There is an incredible level and it is going to be very difficult but this victory gives me a lot of confidence for the medium-term future.”

“When you get to the World Championship you are fulfilling dreams: scoring points, podiums, winning, moving up to the next category, now it's all happening very quickly. But all riders have a big dream in mind and that is to be a Champion in MotoGP™, and that would be my big dream, and after this victory, I see it a little bit closer. There is an incredible level and it is going to be very difficult but this victory gives me a lot of confidence for the medium-term future.”

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It’s been a rollercoaster start to his MotoGP™ career, and Martin is adamant that he and Ducati are a perfect couple, claiming that the Desmosedici is a “bike that’s made for me.”

“I don't think the bike is easy for a rookie but I do think it's the best bike for me. In Moto2™, I had the option to go to almost every factory, but in the end, I thought about what was the best sporting option for me and I thought Ducati. I am proving to myself that I made the right choice and I am very proud of that.

The Bologna bullets’ riders are never far away from the title conversation. Andrea Dovizioso came close on a number of occasions in recent years, while Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) are still in the hunt this season. However, no Ducati has managed to seal the deal since 2007, when Casey Stoner romped home to glory. Could Jorge Martin join him on that exclusive list one day?

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