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The Spaniard scored his fifth profession MotoGP pole on Saturday when he stormed to a 1m53.011s lap in qualifying on the Losail Worldwide Circuit.
It marked Martin’s second pole in Qatar, having taken a maiden qualifying success in final yr’s Doha GP when he was a rookie earlier than changing that into a primary podium.
The one-time race winner believes he will likely be “one of many candidates” in Sunday’s race, however wants to search out extra on his Pramac Ducati earlier than he can take into account himself a victory contender.
“The weekend wasn’t so dangerous,” Martin started. “It’s troublesome to be fixed as a result of you are attempting totally different set-ups, mappings additionally.
“So, it’s not simple to be constant. However anyway, I believe the tempo shouldn’t be that dangerous. We will likely be one of many candidates for tomorrow.
“I believe we’d like one thing else to battle for the victory, however will likely be night to work and to determine the tyre selection. This will likely be essential for tomorrow as a result of I believe each comfortable and medium are working effectively, however they’re totally different and we have to perceive effectively.
“However I’m proud of the pole place and to have made back-to-back poles right here.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Workforce
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Admitting he struggled to search out the restrict of his bike in qualifying, Bagnaia did say he’d lastly discovered the front-end feeling he’d been lacking all winter and “feels my bike once more”.
“For me, consequence tomorrow will likely be a high 5,” Bagnaia mentioned. “We’ve to be reasonable and on this weekend lots of riders are quicker than me.
“However I believe with the issues we discovered right now, now once more I’ve my feeling with the bike, we will enhance so much tomorrow within the warm-up. And in addition, within the race, usually we discover one thing extra.
“We’ve to suppose that it’s the primary weekend of the season and we don’t must be nervous, as a result of if we fear now it’s dramatic.
“In any case I’m fairly assured, fairly proud of what we did right now. Lastly I really feel my bike once more and it’s nice. I’m again using my bike with my type.”