Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) couldn’t have wished for a much better weekend at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, topping every session at Mugello and claiming his third victory of the season to reignite his Championship charge.
The Spaniard was victorious in two of the opening three rounds of the season in Qatar and Austin, however, after two unavoidable DNFs at Jerez and Le Mans, Martin needed to get his title challenge back on track at the Italian GP – and that’s exactly what he did.
“It was a really good rhythm for me, I was leading all the practices and I couldn’t wait to be in a race like this,” said Martin, who started from pole at Mugello for the second consecutive season. After getting a perfect start, it was soon clear the Moto3™ race would be between Martin and the two Italians, teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio and Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi (Redox PrustelGP). “I pushed at the beginning to try and get away from the group because last year was a crazy race. Then when it was just Marco, Di Giannantonio and me, I tried to stay calm and just tried to save the tyres for the end. I was expecting someone to come past me on the straight but I managed to take the last corner really fast.”
Reflecting on the spectacular three-way battle post-race, including a particuarly hare-raising moment, the 20-year-old was pleased to get 25 points on the board after his two crashes. “This win is really important for me because of the two zeros in the last two races. It was a difficult situation but now we recover the energy and we’ll be ready for the next one.”
Surely the most hare-raising moment of the #ItalianGP... ????@88jorgemartin narrowly avoids the Mugello wildlife during the #Moto3 race, but we'll stop rabbiting on about it now ???? pic.twitter.com/F7TNiTTWmx— MotoGP™???? (@MotoGP) June 4, 2018
Nevertheless, Martin isn’t trying to look at the Championship standings so early in the season, instead taking it race by race as the Moto3™ class head to Barcelona. “I don’t really look at the Championship at the moment, the mentality was just on this race because I was leading all of practice and I think I have to always be like this because it’s how you win races.”