Martin says 2023 MotoGP title ‘stolen’ by bad tyre in Qatar GP
Martin was dominant in the Qatar GP sprint race, but struggled in the grand prix race the following day, finishing in 10th place. He blamed his poor performance on a rear tire that felt like a stone and criticized Michelin, although he did not explicitly name them as the tire supplier. Martin believed that the championship had been taken from him due to the tire issue, and expressed his frustration that a MotoGP championship could be decided by a single tire. He felt that he could have won the race under normal circumstances and likened his emotions during the race to a rollercoaster relationship. Martin acknowledged that winning the championship would now be extremely difficult.