MotoGP Rookie of the Year Jorge Martin’s winter schedule will include surgery to remove plaques inserted to repair fractures suffered in Portimao this season.
Fresh off a superb pole and podium in the Doha Round, Martin’s huge training drop left the Pramac Ducati rider in need of surgery for fractures of his right thumb metacarpal, malleolus. right (ankle) and left tibial plateau (knee).
Although he won three other poles and podiums, including victory in Austria, the plaques caused Martin some unease.
“I will be operated on December 14 and will remove all the plates,” said Martin. “I think it’s important because I’m struggling and in pain. But [otherwise] I feel great and will be ready for next year. “
In addition to the aftermath of the Portimao accident, Martin had been troubled by muscle-related left “leg pump” pain.
Surgery to fix this had also been a possibility, but luckily for the Spaniard, the “needle therapy” recommended by Jack Miller after a similar shifting problem worked.
“Just the plaques need to be removed. No pain in the muscles, like I had in the second half of the year. The leg is perfect, we did needle therapy,” Martin confirmed.
Martin was speaking at the end of the Jerez test, where he finished 18th overall.
Although the least experienced of the four GP22 riders, the # 89 was happy to be included in Ducati’s development work for next season and above all happy that his opinion was being listened to carefully.
“The test was super good. I tried a lot of different parts over the past two days. We didn’t look at the lap times just to figure out if it was better or not and of course everything was fine. little better, ”said Martin.
“Ducati gave me a lot of new parts. Of course, not like the factory team where every rider has all the parts, we have to share between Zarco and me, but it is already important to try new parts because of course our voice is important.
“Gigi always comes to the box to figure out which parts are the best. I’m so happy with the test because everything we’ve tried is better, just a card that I didn’t like but the other riders liked.
“So it’s important to me because I said I don’t like [the mapping] and they can change it a bit. I’m happy to be supported like this by Ducati. “
New Ducati fairing, on Jack Miller’s bike, at the Jerez trials.
“With the fairing, we have taken a big step forward”
While other factory-backed Ducati riders spoke little of the specific areas for improvement, Martin doubted where he thought the biggest step had been taken; the new fairing, which includes revised pontoons.
“I think with the fairing we have taken a big step forward,” he said. “We can turn faster and the speed in the corners is better too. So it will be a big improvement for the future and for our weak points, that is to say normally when entering the corners it will be much better. .
“I feel that everything is easier with this fairing. You can enter the turn much faster and turn in less meters. It’s really positive. It will be the basis for the next test for sure. [On day 2] I didn’t have the fairing and was in a lot of trouble. “
Worrisome for Ducati rivals, Martin believes another “big improvement” will be made simply by combining the new fairing with the engine, which he has yet to do.
“[On day 1] I tried the fairing, [on day 2] i tried the new bike [engine]. The feeling is much better. Now I would like to try both together [new fairing on new bike] because I think it will be a big improvement, ”he said.
“But anyway, everything is positive, I feel like we have improved. It is so important and I am happy with the final results of the test.”
Ducati’s advanced rear ride height device also works well with the new package, both under acceleration and braking, adds Martin: “Now I can see that all the factories are using it, so we have to invent something. something new!
Ducati factory rider Francesco Bagnaia was the fastest in testing with Martin’s teammate Johann Zarco in fourth place.
The 2022 opening test takes place in Sepang in early February.