"Severe pain" after crash - Jorge Martin in Medical Centre on second day of testing
Despite being the fastest man on track, day 2 of the Sepang test does not end well for Jorge Martin. Even a visit to the Medical Centre is necessary.
After Jorge Martin set the fastest time of the day on his Ducati GP23, the second day of testing ends with mixed feelings for the Spaniard.
The onset of rain reduced the usable time for the MotoGP aces and made the conditions quite unpredictable at times.
“I didn’t do many laps, so it wasn’t an ideal day,” said Martin, summing up the rain-disturbed second day.
Due to the reduced number of tyres for the teams, the 25-year-old started on already used tyres from Friday. Despite that, he is satisfied with his consistency.
“I was consistent in the 1:59 times, which is not easy because the tyre wear during the test so far is enormous.”
Martin finished the day as fastest man on track with a lap time of 1’58.736. However, not without making a serious mistake beforehand.
Riding on a fresh set of tyres, the young Spaniard concentrated on keeping wear on the new rubber to a minimum.
“I concentrated on setting consistent lap times. Nevertheless, I crashed on a wet patch in turn 7.”
The eleven-time Grand Prix winner suffered a painful abrasion on his hand. Although he hopes that the wound “will not affect me on Sunday”, it will “certainly cause a lot of pain”.
However, he is satisfied with the test weekend so far. The bike already has “a good basic set-up from last season”.
“We hardly changed [anything] compared to last season. I am fast without riding aggressively, which is very positive.”
The sticking point in the Pramac garage at the moment is a new fairing that was brought to Sepang.
Martin tested the new modification during his crash. “I’m not sure yet after the crash whether the new fairing is really better or not.”