The Pramac Ducati rider might have solely been ninth in final 12 months’s world championship, however he was solely crushed by Francesco Bagnaia for the BMW Finest Qualifier award.
Add to that Martin’s sturdy beginning potential and the 10-time MotoGP pole place holder admits the Sprints, which award half factors, might play into his fingers.
However, talking on the eve of Portimao’s season opener this weekend, the Spaniard burdened he was additionally assured going into Sunday’s full competitions.
“I really feel tremendous prepared,” he stated. “It has been a really lengthy pre-season, a number of coaching, a number of hours of labor and I really feel actually match.”
Concerning the brand new Saturday afternoon Sprints, “I feel I am one of many strongest. I is probably not the strongest, Pecco or perhaps Fabio are additionally sturdy on one lap, however I really feel like I can take a extremely massive benefit from these races.
“However I additionally really feel sturdy for the Sunday races. I do not assume the Dash races will change the tip end result (of the championship) a lot. But it surely’s a superb factor that may assist me take extra factors on the finish of the season.
“The bottom line is nonetheless Sunday. So you must do nicely, however perhaps not be loopy on Saturday.
After securing the first-ever MotoGP victory for a Ducati satellite tv for pc rider in his injury-interrupted 2021 rookie marketing campaign, Martin might solely repeat all 4 podium finishes and ninth total final season.
“Final season I assumed I used to be within the prime three and I completed ninth,” he stated. “So I do not wish to put that (championship combat) aim in but. I wish to go race after race, attempt to win races, that is my aim.
“I really feel a lot stronger than final season with the bundle I’ve with this bike. After all I feel I can combat with them, and in the course of the season if we’re among the many three first 4, then I can consider the championship.
“For the time being we have now to be calm and get good outcomes. That is crucial factor.”
Martin chooses a unique fairing for the Ducati manufacturing facility group
Whereas Martin (like teammate Johann Zarco) has the identical GP23 machine because the manufacturing facility Ducati group of reigning champion Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini, he opted to start out the season with a unique aero bundle.
The 25-year-old, who appears to favor the “floor impact” model design, admitted he was shocked the manufacturing facility group favored the opposite fairing extra. However when he examined them each once more in Portimao, it solely reconfirmed his selection:
“They selected this one (extra much like final 12 months’s design). It is unusual, I do not fairly perceive why, as a result of at Sepang I had a really exact concept of the fairing, I discovered this one was a lot better.
“Then once I noticed they at all times decide the primary one, I stated, ‘OK, I’ve to strive once more.’ is worse, so I do not actually perceive what they want and what they’re in search of higher.
“For me, this one is a lot better.”
When requested if perhaps it was only a distinction in using model, Martin replied:
“(Our using kinds are) fairly related. Usually with Pecco, we select the identical issues. Not with Enea, after all with Pecco we’re fairly shut, about maps on something, swingarms, forks. So I did not perceive why. That is why I nonetheless had this concept of altering on the final second. However I stated ‘OK, I felt good, I do know the bike and I really feel sturdy to start out with this fairing’.”
Martin, who stated he was able to race after main day two of Sepang testing, has simply two nights to go earlier than MotoGP’s first-ever Dash race opens the brand new season.
“It will likely be a bit unusual, as a result of we’re used to beginning in Qatar, so I really feel prefer it’s nonetheless a take a look at!” he smiled. “It will likely be good as a result of I really feel extra relaxed, however I’ll strive tonight and tomorrow to get into (race mode) for the weekend.”