Jorge Martin has played down the threat of Ducati counterpart Marco Bezzecchi in the 2023 MotoGP World Championship title battle, claiming he makes too many mistakes by comparison.
The Spaniard currently sits second behind Pecco Bagnaia in the overall standings after 11 rounds, though at 62 points adrift of thefactory Ducati rider both he and Bezzecchi - six points further behind - they face an uphill task to get on terms with the Italian.
Even so, Martin - thrice a race winner in 2023, in the French and German Sprint Races, plus the main German MotoGP - believes he is still in the hunt, though he predicts Brad Binder as the more likely candidate to get among a three-way battle, rather than Bezzecchi.
"It was a really important part of the season [to win German MotoGP] because he [Bagnaia] understood that I am one of the strongest and not only beat him when I am faster, but when we are both fast I can beat him.
"He now thinks about me in the championship, and this is the most important. Pecco is in a really good position at the moment. He’s in a moment where he can afford to finish second, finish third and he can decide whether to take risks or not.
"I need to risk a little bit more to recover those points. I feel like I can arrive and that I will arrive. But also Brad [Binder]. I feel like he can close the gap.
"He doesn’t make mistakes and Marco is also super fast but maybe he makes too many mistakes.
"Me and Pecco are a bit more consistent in all the tracks. I feel like it’s more about Pecco and me."