Double 125cc world champion and veteran team boss Gresini died tragically after losing the fight against COVID-19 in February.
Martin participated in Gresini’s Moto3 team from 2017 to 2018, during which the Spaniards won eight Grand Prix and won the world title in 2018.
Martin, who stepped up to Pramac Ducati at the MotoGP in 2021, was stunned by the maiden Paul last Saturday, leading the first 17 laps of the Doha GP and then receiving the checkered flag in 3rd place.
“Because it was my first podium in MotoGP, I would like to dedicate this podium to Faust … he was really important in my career as he gave me the opportunity to go with Honda. [in Moto3]”Martin said.
“I was in a really low moment because I had a bad bike and didn’t get good results.
“And he said,” OK, come here [to Gresini], I know you have talent, and we can win this championship. ”
“And we did it together, so I really miss him because he was a really close friend.
“He was like a family to me. Today I stopped by with the Gresini team and gave a big hug. Certainly he was watching there.”
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
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Martin admitted that he was “a little nervous” from Paul, but he was able to consistently manage the race for the first 17 laps.
However, he admits that he “has reached a slight limit” when Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo made a decisive move to victory on lap 19. Causes a “disaster”.
“When Fabio overtook me, I was a bit limited in chasing him, so I’m still certainly missing a bit of speed,” he added.
“But then I thought,’It may be time to push and follow him so that he can maintain this podium.'”
“In the end, it was a shame to lose second place.
“I’m 100% happy. When I see Johan, he says,” I can’t try it. It’s a disaster to crash when I try. ”
“He has another role in the team. He needs to be there to win this championship.
“But I went inside to keep the podium. Third place is great.
“After a short preseason in MotoGP, I had the opportunity to be here, so I’m really happy.
“Actually, I was a little nervous. It’s not easy to get pole position, so I think I was even more nervous than last week.
“I hope I’ll be the same nervous if I get another pole position in the future.
“I thought I wasn’t fast enough to be with the people at the front desk, but all the laps were a little closer. [to the finish]..
“I didn’t push too much, but I managed it really well, and I was still making 1m55.2s, 1m55.1s, 1m55.4s.
“So the pace was great, and that’s why I was before. And even though I was nervous, I was in good control.”
Jorge Martin dedicates his first MotoGP podium to late Gresini
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