Martin on pole, the French far away

Martin on pole, the French far away

Vice-world champion Jorge Martin will start from pole position for the first Grand Prix of the Moto GP season, in Qatar, while his rival Francesco Bagnaia will start fifth. The two French drivers Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo, unable to qualify for Q2, will start far on the grid.

Last season, Jorge Martin fought until the last Grand Prix of the season to prevent Francesco Bagnaia from winning a second world champion title. The Spanish driver failed against the Italian, but he hopes to try his luck again in 2024. And the season begins under good auspices for the Pramac driver, who will start in pole position for the first Grand Prix of the season, in Qatar.

Jorge Martin clocked one of his six laps in the qualifying session in 1’50″789 on the Losail circuit, and took the fourteenth pole of his career, at 26 years old. He was ahead of his compatriot Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) by 83 thousandths and the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati) by 86 thousandths. The latter was faster, by 53 thousandths, than his teammate Francesco Bagnaia, who will only start fifth on the grid. But that didn’t worry the double world champion, who has already made some good comebacks. For his first time riding a Gresini, Marc Marquez will start in sixth position. His compatriot Pedro Acosta, the highly anticipated only rookie this season (he will celebrate his 20th birthday in May), will start eighth on his KTM.

Zarco narrowly misses Q2

And the French in all this? It wasn’t very successful. Disappointing during free practice, Johann Zarco, now with Honda, and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), had to go through Q1. And for eleven thousandths compared to Jack Miller (KTM), Zarco only finished third and therefore did not have to access Q2. Q2, on the other hand, was never really a question for Quartararo, sixth in Q1 with almost four tenths behind his compatriot. Has the former world champion left for a disappointing season with this Yamaha which seems below the level of other manufacturers? We’ll find out quickly. The sprint race will be held this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. French time and the Grand Prix on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Note that this year, no French rider is competing in Moto 2 or Moto 3.

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