Jorge Martin was hit by a “dangerous” stability problem in MotoGP training

The Spaniard stunned the paddock the last time he stormed for pole before finishing third in the Doha GP after leading him for the first 17 laps.

But Martin was 3.055 seconds of the best pace on the timesheets after Friday practice, led by his Ducati colleague Francesco Bagnaia.

Although the Algarve circuit on MotoGP machines is new to Martin, he was stunned by the instability of his GP21 in FP2.

“Of course we didn’t expect to be in this position, but when we started the second practice session I felt a lot of movement on the bike,” he said.

“It was really dangerous and I was very scared at some of those moments.

“I couldn’t open the throttle where I wanted and that’s why we were so slow.

“We don’t know because if we were sure the bike would be different.”

Martin said his feeling on the bike was similar to a quick fall on his first day on the Ducati during the Qatar shakedown test last month.

He also admitted that he was badly affected by the wind during the afternoon session.

“It’s similar to the first crash on this bike in Qatar,” he added.

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

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“I feel myself pumping a lot and shaking when I come out of the fast corners.

“So I can’t go full throttle, I have to be with a lot of leeway.

“That’s why I lost a lot of time. Also the wind, I had a lot to fight today.

“We’re three seconds from the front, so something isn’t working for sure because it’s not my place. But let’s try tomorrow. “

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Avintias Luca Marini finished the race on Friday in the Algarve as the top rookie in 13th place, his team colleague Enea Bastianini in 20th place a few places ahead of Martin.

Martin’s Pramac teammate – and the current championship leader – Johann Zarco had similar problems with stability. He found that he was having trouble getting the bike right in the middle of the turn.

“I think our main problem for me on the bike is really in the middle of the corner when we have the maximum angle. I miss some stability,” said Zarco, who finished eighth overall on Friday.

“Then the bike can get quite nervous at the exit of the bend, where I have to hold the bike, because I am missing something in the middle of the bend.

“That’s the point, and that’s why I know I can’t have everything in this area, even if I’m making good progress with my style.

“I think we will find things because compared to last year I already have a better feeling, I can try more things on the bike while riding and give the team clearer information.”