One thousandth of a second has separated Jorge Martin from pole position in today’s qualifying session at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Despite high winds... Jorge Martin misses Qatari pole by the slimmest of gaps

One thousandth of a second has separated Jorge Martin from pole position in today’s qualifying session at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Despite high winds and limited visibility – due to sand in the air – the Spanish rider of Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 was able to dominate for the majority of the 40 minutes available.

Martin logged a 2’06.365secs lap-time after being almost six tenths of a second faster than poleman Antonelli, but the lack of a slipstream on the main straight prevented him from completing his masterpiece.

Jorge Martin:

“It was the first time in the weekend so far that I went for a quick-lap attempt as I always opted for the longer runs before. I was on my own without slipstream and even so I did a good lap, so I can say we’re ready for tomorrow. A front-row start is good enough and with our pace I’m sure we can get in the mix up front, but it will also depend a lot on track conditions. The goal will be to be patient and not try to over perform. We want to win but a podium would also be a more than positive result to begin the season with.”