Austin -Jorge Martin took pole position for the 2022 United States MotoGP and broke the circuit record. An achievement that amazed Martin. In the qualifying session at the Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Sunday (10/4/2022) early , Martin actually had to fight since Q1. This is because the results are not okay during free practice sessions.
After 14th position in the first session, then rose to 10th position in the second session, and ended in 17th position. The results of the third free practice even admitted to have frustrated Martin.
In a row, Martin and the Pramac Ducati team made improvements during the fourth free practice session. The results proved to be effective because Martin was the fastest in the Q1 session and was entitled to enter Q2.
In Q2, Martin showed off his teeth towards the end of qualifying when he launched his motorbike to record the fastest time of 2 minutes 2.039 seconds. Martin was only 0.003 seconds ahead of Ducati’s Jack Miller, who he overtook at the end and had to settle for second.
Martin also smoked Francesco Bagnaia, Johann Zarco and Enea Bastianini. Austin even broke the lap record in Austin after being dominated by Marc Marquez.
Martin also won the sixth pole position of his career, as well as his second this season after in Qatar. Despite taking pole, Martin admitted he was surprised because he didn’t think he could do it, after various problems in the free practice session.
“Well, I don’t think it’s the best. Because I didn’t expect much today after the crash in the third free practice session. I feel I’ve reached the limit. We then made a few improvements to the bike in FP4, it made me more comfortable riding it,” said Jorge Martin on the official MotoGP website.
“Everything went smoothly and normally. Then in Q1 I was really confident, I was able to record a time of 2 minutes 04 seconds in Q1 and I am even more confident that I can do better in Q2. I thank my teammate Johann Zarco because it was his role that I was able to make good time,” he continued.
“So proud to be able to set a lap record at COTA, after staying so long. I’m ready for tomorrow’s race.”
1 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22)
2 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22)
3 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22)
4 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22)
5 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)
6 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
7 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
8 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
9 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)
10 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)
11 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)
12 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)
13 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Factory (RS-GP)
14 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Factory (RS-GP)
15 Andrea Dovizioso ITA WithU RNF Yamaha (YZR-M1)
16 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*
17 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16)
18 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)*
19 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
20 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16)
21 Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)*
22 Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)*
23 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V)
24 Darryn Binder RSA WithU RNF Yamaha (YZR-M1)*