MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Portimao Moto3 Qualifying Result: Comeback To The Limelight

There was a hint of cloud cover over the Algarve circuit as the lightweight class were lining up to battle for the third pole position of the season but the only concern riders had was about possible penalties following the usual tango on the outlap setting up the final time attack. One man who had little to be worried about was Andrea Migno, the Italian hitting form in Portimao and leading the way throughout Q2 to get his first pole position in over a year. Compatriot Dennis Foggia made a late jump to join him on the front row, while Jeremy Alcoba did well to qualify third but will start the race from pitlane with a five second delay after his escalated disagreement with John McPhee at Losail. That promotes Sergio Garcia to the front row of the grid, the Spaniard finishing fourth and four tenths off pole.

Gabriel Rodrigo looked like a serious challenger after the first run but stuck bad luck once again as Filip Salac tagged his machine on the final flying lap and took both riders out of contention. The Gresini rider was lucky to keep fifth position and open the second row of the grid. He would have been accompanied by John McPhee, but the Petronas Sprinta rider has a pitlane start penalty to serve as well, with a ten-second delay, which allowed Deniz Oncu and Darryn Binder to complete row two. Rookie Xavier Artigas is set to open the third row ahead of Q1 graduate Ayumu Sasaki and Qatar 1 victor Jaume Masia, while Qatar 2 winner Pedro Acosta will start from the fourth row together with Tatsuki Suzuki and Q1 leader Romano Fenati.

Rookies Izan Guevara and Adrian Fernandez also showed good speed to join the fifth row, ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, who missed out on the final time attack after joining the track too late. The big loser of Q1 was Kaito Toba, who will have to make a good start from 21st on the grid, after a late tumble in the first qualifying session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'47.423    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'47.572 0.149 0.149
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'47.702 0.279 0.130
4 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'47.900 0.477 0.198
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'47.909 0.486 0.009
6 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'48.362 0.939 0.453
7 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.486 1.063 0.124
8 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'48.513 1.090 0.027
9 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'48.546 1.123 0.033
10 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.615 1.192 0.069
11 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.622 1.199 0.007
12 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'48.711 1.288 0.089
13 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.749 1.326 0.038
14 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.769 1.346 0.020
15 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'48.865 1.442 0.096
16 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'49.814 2.391 0.949
17 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'49.834 2.411 0.020
18 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'50.096 2.673 0.262
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Q2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.845    
Q2 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.980 0.135 0.135
Q2 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'49.000 0.155 0.020
Q2 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'49.145 0.300 0.145
19 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.153 0.308 0.008
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.435 0.590 0.282
21 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.613 0.768 0.178
22 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'49.618 0.773 0.005
23 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'49.636 0.791 0.018
24 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.723 0.878 0.087
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.744 0.899 0.021
26 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.842 0.997 0.098
27 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.970 1.125 0.128
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'50.234 1.389 0.264
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao Moto2 FP3 Result: Gardner Leads Roberts

A nice and sunny day encouraged the intermediate class to take their turn for the final practice session and riders fought for that precious top 14 until the very last second. Although Aron Canet briefly broke the lap record in the final three minutes, his time got cancelled for exceeding track limits, so Remy Gardner got to keep both the record and top spot in FP3. Friday leader Joe Roberts took his time to go any faster but eventually did and was two tenths slower than Gardner, with championship leader Sam Lowes close by.

Marcos Ramirez put the injury from Qatar behind him and found his way into a fine fourth position, while rookie Raul Fernandez had to settle for fifth after leading the way for much of the session. Marco Bezzecchi and Jake Dixon came next and both were within half a second of the leader, while Canet dropped to eighth after seeing his top time cancelled. Rookie Ai Ogura continues to impress, this time finishing ninth, while Hector Garzo rounded out the top ten.

The remaining Q2 positions went to Nicolo Bulega, Yari Montella, Augusto Fernandez and Fabio Di Giannantonio, the Speed Up rookie particularly impressive as he outperformed teammate Jorge Navarro on a familiar track. However, it was a close field overall, with 23 riders posting times within a second of the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.643    
2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'42.872 0.229 0.229
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'42.939 0.296 0.067
4 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'42.997 0.354 0.058
5 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.040 0.397 0.043
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.100 0.457 0.060
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.142 0.499 0.042
8 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.148 0.505 0.006
9 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'43.157 0.514 0.009
10 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.196 0.553 0.039
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.215 0.572 0.019
12 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'43.233 0.590 0.018
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.239 0.596 0.006
14 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'43.241 0.598 0.002
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.255 0.612 0.014
16 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'43.285 0.642 0.030
17 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.337 0.694 0.052
18 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.362 0.719 0.025
19 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.377 0.734 0.015
20 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.413 0.770 0.036
21 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'43.443 0.800 0.030
22 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'43.465 0.822 0.022
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'43.563 0.920 0.098
24 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'43.769 1.126 0.206
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'43.771 1.128 0.002
26 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'44.207 1.564 0.436
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'44.416 1.773 0.209
28 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'44.439 1.796 0.023
29 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta 1'45.516 2.873 1.077
30 89 Fraser Rogers NTS 1'46.447 3.804 0.931
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao MotoGP FP3 Result: Quartararo One Step Ahead

Under baby blue skies and beautifully dry asphalt, the premier class got some solid race pace work done in FP3, ahead of the tense final shootout for Q2 positions. Unfortunately, the session also featured a red flag following a frightening crash for Jorge Martin at turn seven, which saw the rookie taken to the Medical Centre by ambulance but thankfully conscious. Once action restarted, riders were left with only four minutes to make an impact on the timesheets and some needed it more than others. Fabio Quartararo casually strolled out of pitlane after his rivals were long gone, confident in his top time and with very impressive pace until that point. The Frenchman needn’t have bothered as no one challenged best time and he finished the morning at the top of the pile.

Franco Morbidelli was one of the first riders to challenge Friday’s top 10 and was back to his best after a tricky outing in Qatar. The Italian went under the radar on Friday but confirmed his speed in FP3 by only trailing the leader by half a tenth. Pecco Bagnaia was the lead Ducati after a solid session partly spent at the top of the timing screens and eventually finished seven hundredths of a second behind Quartararo. Colleague Johann Zarco was another tenth down, while Alex Rins was the sole Suzuki in the top ten, making a late jump into the top five.

Jack Miller in sixth position was the last man within half a second of Quartararo, while Luca Marini impressed with seventh place and his first time going directly into Q2. Aleix Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira were fast and consistent throughout the session and managed to secure Q2 spots as well. Maverick Vinales was one of the riders who had to rely on their final flying lap and the Spaniard just about held onto the top 10.

Alex Marquez spent quite a bit of time inside Q2 worthy positions but a highside at turn 3 on his final flying lap allowed rivals to jump ahead and it made a bad day even worse for the LCR Honda team, where Takaaki Nakagami sat out half the session due to severe collarbone pain following Friday’s crash. Joan Mir had no obvious excuse for only finishing 12th on the timesheets, seven tenths of a second slower than Quartararo and marginally faster than Pol Espargaro and Valentino Rossi. After putting almost full distance in a set of medium tyres, Marc Marquez struggled to get the best of the soft rear and coupled with some mistakes and seeing his brother fly through the air right in front of him, that left the Honda man down in 15th position and on the pretty competitive list for Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.044    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.095 0.051 0.051
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.117 0.073 0.022
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.228 0.184 0.111
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.328 0.284 0.100
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.345 0.301 0.017
7 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'39.600 0.556 0.255
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.690 0.646 0.090
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'39.697 0.653 0.007
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.742 0.698 0.045
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'39.796 0.752 0.054
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.818 0.774 0.022
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'39.828 0.784 0.010
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.912 0.868 0.084
15 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'39.945 0.901 0.033
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.196 1.152 0.251
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'40.302 1.258 0.106
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'40.343 1.299 0.041
19 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'41.046 2.002 0.703
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.190 2.146 0.144
21 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'41.566 2.522 0.376
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.568 2.524 0.002
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao Moto3 FP3 Result: Migno Jumps Ahead

After rain and damp patches affected both of their practice sessions on Friday, the lightweight class had a lot of work to do in FP3, aided by clear blue skies this time around. Riders were quick to challenge the established top 14 hierarchy from FP2 but as usual, it all came down to the time attack in the final handful of minutes, when they surprisingly gave themselves a generous two flying laps to settle Q2 positions. After Niccolo Antonelli led the way throughout the session, it was compatriot Andrea Migno who eventually got the spoils, going from 12th to first on his final lap. That demoted Gabriel Rodrigo to second by five hundredths of a second, while teammates Jaume Masia and Pedro Acosta rode together to third and fourth positions.

Darryn Binder in fifth place was only a tenth and a half slower than the leader. Jeremy Alcoba finished the morning sixth and joins Q2, although a pitlane start awaits the Spaniard after his squabble with John McPhee at Losail. Dennis Foggia found some speed to climb up to seventh position, while early leader Antonelli drops to eighth place. Tatsuki Suzuki managed to keep ninth spot despite a late tumble at turn 8, while Sergio Garcia rounded out the top ten.

The remaining top 14 positions were secured by rookie Xavier Artigas, Deniz Oncu, John McPhee and Filip Salac. Given his pitlane start penalty, the Scotsman did the most running and kept us entertained throughout the lull before the time attack, while Salac was the beneficiary of two cancelled laptimes for Izan Guevara and Carlos Tatay due to yellow flag infringements, which promoted him to 14th position.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'48.214    
2 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'48.266 0.052 0.052
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.321 0.107 0.055
4 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'48.334 0.120 0.013
5 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'48.365 0.151 0.031
6 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.414 0.200 0.049
7 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.501 0.287 0.087
8 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'48.506 0.292 0.005
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.558 0.344 0.052
10 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'48.651 0.437 0.093
11 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'48.680 0.466 0.029
12 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.828 0.614 0.148
13 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.854 0.640 0.026
14 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'48.926 0.712 0.072
15 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'49.044 0.830 0.118
16 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'49.110 0.896 0.066
17 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'49.112 0.898 0.002
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.153 0.939 0.041
19 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'49.277 1.063 0.124
20 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.344 1.130 0.067
21 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.408 1.194 0.064
22 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.449 1.235 0.041
23 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'49.460 1.246 0.011
24 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.539 1.325 0.079
25 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.604 1.390 0.065
26 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.744 1.530 0.140
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'49.989 1.775 0.245
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'51.029 2.815 1.040
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao Moto2 FP2 Result: Roberts Rules The Roost

Despite pretty scary dark clouds over the circuit, the intermediate class avoided any rain and got plenty of opportunities to decide the provisional top 14 in case Saturday morning has different plans weather-wise. FP1 leader Joe Roberts set camp at the top of the FP2 timesheets in the final quarter of the session, with an advantage of over three tenths of a second, and his closest challenger was perhaps unsurprisingly rookie Raul Fernandez. Aron Canet also impressed in the top three despite a late crash at turn five, while the familiar names of Remy Gardner and Marco Bezzecchi rounded out the top five.

Hector Garzo managed to go two hundredths of a second quicker than championship leader Sam Lowes, while Moto3 champion Albert Arenas seemed to enjoy the return to Europe as he climbed into eighth place. Marcel Schrotter continued his progression and together with Xavi Vierge completed the top 10 positions. The remaining top 14 spots were secured by Jake Dixon, impressive rookie Yari Montella, Augusto Fernandez and Somkiat Chantra, leaving the likes of Tom Luthi or Jorge Navarro outside of the provisional Q2 spots.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.144    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.461 0.317 0.317
3 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.752 0.608 0.291
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.761 0.617 0.009
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.809 0.665 0.048
6 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.832 0.688 0.023
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.855 0.711 0.023
8 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.866 0.722 0.011
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.894 0.750 0.028
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.001 0.857 0.107
11 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'44.046 0.902 0.045
12 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'44.102 0.958 0.056
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'44.187 1.043 0.085
14 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.381 1.237 0.194
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.418 1.274 0.037
16 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'44.429 1.285 0.011
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.446 1.302 0.017
18 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.447 1.303 0.001
19 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'44.453 1.309 0.006
20 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'44.491 1.347 0.038
21 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'44.545 1.401 0.054
22 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'44.564 1.420 0.019
23 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'44.834 1.690 0.270
24 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'44.917 1.773 0.083
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.943 1.799 0.026
26 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'44.985 1.841 0.042
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'45.053 1.909 0.068
28 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'45.230 2.086 0.177
29 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta 1'46.616 3.472 1.386
30 89 Fraser Rogers NTS 1'47.841 4.697 1.225
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao MotoGP FP2 Result: Bagnaia Bags Top Spot

Although drops of rain fell right before the start of the premier class session, riders left pitlane with a glimpse of sunshine and a backdrop of dark grey clouds. Luckily for everyone, the rain failed to materialise, but riders took no chances and quickly improved FP1 times in the chase for provisional top ten positions. Many of the usual contenders put their name at the top of the timing screens at some point throughout the session but Ducati power reigned once again and Pecco Bagnaia beat the competition by three tenths of a second. Fabio Quartararo was his closest challenger in the end, while the Suzukis impressed by joining the top four in the final time attack, Joan Mir four hundredths of a second faster than teammate Alex Rins.

Jack Miller forgot all about his recent surgery and climbed into the top five and again found himself in the right place at the right time to give colleague Johann Zarco a ride to pitlane once his machine started smoking in the practice start area. Marc Marquez predictably grabbed some serious screen time, the Honda man steadily climbing up the timesheets but having a pretty bumpy final run. He had to rely on the final flying lap to break into the top ten and gave his knee, elbow and shoulder a good rodeo style workout on his way to sixth position - but after 265 days off the bike he will happy enough to be less than half a second off top spot.

Maverick Vinales finished within a tenth of his compatriot and even less ahead of Zarco. Home favourite Miguel Oliveira put his name in the limelight as well but eventually dropped to ninth place, making it five manufacturers in the top ten. Takaaki Nakagami had a bittersweet afternoon, the LCR man suffering a pretty big crash into turn 1 and worryingly walked away holding his arm. After being cleared to rejoin by the medical centre, he took part in the late time attack while in obvious pain and managed to join the provisional combined top 10, demoting his teammate by a tenth of a second. Aleix Espargaro looked like he could have completed the manufacturers' full line-up in the top 10 with his Aprilia but a late crash at turn 11 dropped him to 14th position.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.866    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.206 0.340 0.340
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.285 0.419 0.079
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.328 0.462 0.043
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.336 0.470 0.008
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.339 0.473 0.003
7 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.426 0.560 0.087
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.490 0.624 0.064
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.592 0.726 0.102
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.611 0.745 0.019
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.732 0.866 0.121
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'40.743 0.877 0.011
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.761 0.895 0.018
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.907 1.041 0.146
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.125 1.259 0.218
16 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.140 1.274 0.015
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'41.183 1.317 0.043
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'41.187 1.321 0.004
19 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.216 1.350 0.029
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'41.836 1.970 0.620
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'42.461 2.595 0.625
22 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'42.921 3.055 0.460
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao Moto3 FP2 Result: Rodrigo Rushes To The Top Before Rain Comes

The second outing for the lightweight class in Portimao started on a fully dry track and in nice warm conditions but with the threat of rain just around the corner. Riders went immediately quicker than in FP1 in the much improved conditions and Jaume Masia, who sat out the morning session, headed straight to the top of the timesheets together with teammate Pedro Acosta. The familiar sight lasted until halfway through the session, when Andrea Migno took over at the front and rain flags promptly came out. That did not seem to slow riders too much and prompted a little time attack that saw Gabriel Rodrigo taking control at the top of the timing screens soon after. The Argentine rider went unchallenged because more serious rain returned for the final five minutes and the checkered flag waved to a deserted track.

Migno settled for second, almost half a second slower than the leader, with Masia in third, another two hundredths back. Sergio Garcia and Romano Fenati joined the top five positions, while rookie Acosta dropped to sixth. Tatsuki Suzuki, Jason Dupasquier, Dennis Foggia and Niccolo Antonelli rounded out the top ten, covered by little over one second. Darryn Binder missed out by five hundredths of a second, while teammate John McPhee finished 14th after an early and harmless tumble at turn 4.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.538    
2 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'50.014 0.476 0.476
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'50.042 0.504 0.028
4 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'50.161 0.623 0.119
5 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'50.270 0.732 0.109
6 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'50.309 0.771 0.039
7 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'50.423 0.885 0.114
8 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'50.510 0.972 0.087
9 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'50.616 1.078 0.106
10 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'50.641 1.103 0.025
11 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'50.691 1.153 0.050
12 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'50.707 1.169 0.016
13 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'50.775 1.237 0.068
14 17 John McPhee Honda 1'50.859 1.321 0.084
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'50.888 1.350 0.029
16 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'50.960 1.422 0.072
17 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'50.996 1.458 0.036
18 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'51.126 1.588 0.130
19 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'51.144 1.606 0.018
20 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'51.272 1.734 0.128
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'51.507 1.969 0.235
22 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'51.523 1.985 0.016
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'51.669 2.131 0.146
24 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'51.744 2.206 0.075
25 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'51.930 2.392 0.186
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'52.063 2.525 0.133
27 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'52.172 2.634 0.109
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'52.294 2.756 0.122
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao Moto2 FP1 Result: Roberts Robs Gardner

The hint of sun in Portimao left the track almost dry as the intermediate class took their turn in FP1, although dark clouds were waiting the background. Riders made good use out of the improved conditions and it was Joe Roberts who scored top spot in the final couple of minutes of the session, the American half a tenth faster than Remy Gardner. The Australian was followed by stellar teammate Raul Fernandez, both of them briefly holding onto the top of the timesheets until Roberts climbed ahead.

Marcel Schrotter made a fast start in fourth position, as did Aron Canet, only eight thousandths of a second behind. Sam Lowes was the early leader of the session and got demoted to sixth place late on, four tenths slower than Roberts. Jorge Navarro, Stefano Manzi, Nicolo Bulega and rookie Cameron Beaubier rounded out the top ten positions, while Hector Garzo and Marco Bezzecchi also posted times within a second of the leader. Marcos Ramirez in 13th position was only a little bit slower on his comeback from the injury suffered in Qatar.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.905    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.946 0.041 0.041
3 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'44.049 0.144 0.103
4 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.275 0.370 0.226
5 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'44.283 0.378 0.008
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'44.304 0.399 0.021
7 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'44.526 0.621 0.222
8 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'44.601 0.696 0.075
9 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.707 0.802 0.106
10 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'44.714 0.809 0.007
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.780 0.875 0.066
12 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'44.884 0.979 0.104
13 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.923 1.018 0.039
14 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.965 1.060 0.042
15 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'44.998 1.093 0.033
16 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'45.029 1.124 0.031
17 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'45.030 1.125 0.001
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'45.198 1.293 0.168
19 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'45.276 1.371 0.078
20 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'45.358 1.453 0.082
21 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'45.366 1.461 0.008
22 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'45.386 1.481 0.020
23 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'45.542 1.637 0.156
24 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'45.569 1.664 0.027
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'45.723 1.818 0.154
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'45.824 1.919 0.101
27 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'45.892 1.987 0.068
28 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'46.373 2.468 0.481
29 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta 1'47.732 3.827 1.359
30 89 Fraser Rogers NTS 1'48.801 4.896 1.069
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao MotoGP FP1 Result: Vinales Fights For Some Screen Time

The MotoGP circus was back on the scene of the 2020 season finale and it was once again a momentous occasion, as highlighted by the small mob in front of the Repsol Honda garage as the lights turned green at the end of pitlane. Marc Marquez did not leave us waiting for long and quickly joined a track scattered with damp patches and took it uncharacteristically easy while his rivals somewhat begrudgingly watched him get all the attention as he tiptoed through puddles. Once the initial excitement wore off, it was Yamaha and Ducati’s turn to battle it out for top spot. Maverick Vinales and Pecco Bagnaia were the key players, and it was the Spaniard who eventually secured the headlines.

Although the two factories kept the top spots busy early on, Suzuki's Alex Rins climbed into second position right before the checkered flag waved, a tenth of a second behind Vinales. Marc Marquez rejoined the action for the final ten minutes and made his presence felt, briefly holding top spot before getting pushed back to a solid third place. Although times were quite a bit off the pace given the mixed conditions, Honda seemed to have put the troubles of Qatar behind them and had more of a presence inside the top 10, with Pol Espargaro only four thousandths of a second slower than his teammate.

Johann Zarco joined the top five, while Baganaia dropped to sixth after leading the way for much of the session. Fabio Quartararo and Jack Miller both saw their names at the top for short stints before getting demoted to seventh and eighth spots, while Alex Marquez and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten. Valentino Rossi, Takaaki Nakagami and world champion Joan Mir also finished within a second of the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'42.127    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'42.278 0.151 0.151
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'42.378 0.251 0.100
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'42.382 0.255 0.004
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'42.443 0.316 0.061
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'42.464 0.337 0.021
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'42.528 0.401 0.064
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'42.536 0.409 0.008
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'42.781 0.654 0.245
10 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'42.957 0.830 0.176
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'43.013 0.886 0.056
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'43.036 0.909 0.023
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'43.060 0.933 0.024
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'43.243 1.116 0.183
15 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'43.539 1.412 0.296
16 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'43.702 1.575 0.163
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'44.000 1.873 0.298
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'44.602 2.475 0.602
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'44.967 2.840 0.365
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'45.325 3.198 0.358
21 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'45.335 3.208 0.010
22 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'47.774 5.647 2.439
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Portimao Moto3 FP1 Result: Oncu Tops Damp Session

The lightweight class got a wet welcome in Portimao, with damp patches very slowly drying throughout the session, until the track saw some more action in the final ten minutes. Few young men ventured out to begin with, but one of those men was Deniz Oncu, the KTM rider reclaiming the lead at the checkered flag after doing the most running in the session. Filip Salac came within half a tenth of the lead, with John McPhee third and over four tenths of a second down.

Andi Farid Izdihar and Darryn Binder completed the top five as the final riders to post a time within a second of the leader in the mixed conditions. Romano Fenati was another of the few riders who gave us something to look at in the early part of the session, before dropping to sixth on the timesheets, while compatriot Andrea Migno, Sergio Garcia, Tatsuki Suzuki and Yuki Kunii completed the top ten positions.

The likes of Jamue Masia and Gabriel Rodrigo were not tempted by the tricky conditions and did not set a time in FP1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'56.978    
2 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'57.025 0.047 0.047
3 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'57.440 0.462 0.415
4 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'57.579 0.601 0.139
5 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'57.676 0.698 0.097
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'58.282 1.304 0.606
7 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'58.450 1.472 0.168
8 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'58.477 1.499 0.027
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'58.629 1.651 0.152
10 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'58.737 1.759 0.108
11 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'58.945 1.967 0.208
12 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'59.034 2.056 0.089
13 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'59.071 2.093 0.037
14 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'59.190 2.212 0.119
15 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'59.369 2.391 0.179
16 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'59.562 2.584 0.193
17 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'00.251 3.273 0.689
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'01.049 4.071 0.798
19 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'01.229 4.251 0.180
20 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'02.233 5.255 1.004
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'02.493 5.515 0.260
22 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'02.642 5.664 0.149
  82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'06.432 9.454 3.790
  6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'07.024 10.046 0.592
  20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'07.360 10.382 0.336
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda      
  5 Jaume Masia KTM      
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda      
Round Number: 
3
2021
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