MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Portimao Moto2 Race Result: Not A Moto2 Race

With the intermediate class closing the show in Portimao, they had a lot to live up to, but they acquitted themselves honourably and gave us a nice glimpse into the future as we watched brilliant rookie Raul Fernandez take his first victory in Moto2. The Spaniard fought his way to the top to cross the finish line a second and a half ahead of compatriot Aron Canet. The Aspar rider also rode an impressive race to claim his first podium in the class, while Remy Gardner claimed the final podium spot on the final lap and with it came the championship lead.

Gardner had been the fastest starter off the line, ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and Xavi Vierge, while poleman Sam Lowes made a sluggish start and dramatically high-sided in a rather crowded turn 1. Joe Roberts quickly progressed from 8th on the grid to join the leading trio, with Raul Fernandez right on his tail after starting 10th.

Bezzecchi started challenging Gardner’s lead on lap three and the two continued to swap paint over the next few laps. By lap five, Bezzecchi was starting to stretch a gap at the front, over one second clear of Gardner who kept getting challenged by Roberts. Canet, Raul Fernandez, Augusto Fernandez and Vierge also kept up with the podium battle, but teammates Ai Ogura and Somkiat Chantra unfortunately crashed out of the group soon after, while the next group led by Albert Areas dropped about a second behind.

Bezzecchi’s gap did not grow much over the one second mark as Gardner pushed hard to recover that gap, aided by a big twitch for the Italian. However, it wasn’t the Australian who challenged for the lead next, as Canet swept past and took the lead on lap ten. Bezzecchi fought back into turn 1 next time around but Canet’s eagerness to respond immediately cost both of them and allowed Roberts briefly past. Canet found the inside at turn 5 but Roberts resumed the lead by the end of lap 11, with Gardner, Bezzecchi, Raul Fernandez, Vierge and Augusto Fernandez also in the leading group.

Roberts continued to lead the way past the halfway mark of proceedings, with few moves within the top group. Despite a scrappy few laps from Canet, the Spaniard kept close to Roberts, while a bit of a gap was appearing behind them, with Bezzecchi almost one second behind and the two Red Bull KTMs seemingly struggling for grip the most and running wide repeatedly.

Canet took his turn at the front at turn 5 with six laps remaining but had a track limits warning to contend with and also a fast recovering Raul Fernandez, who joined the podium party for the final five laps, after posting the fastest lap of the race. The Spaniard benefitted from Roberts going wide into turn 1 to take second and chase his leading compatriot. Meanwhile, Gardner dropped one second back, ahead of Augusto Fernandez, Bezzecchi and Vierge.

Fernandez flew past Canet into turn one the very next lap and the Aspar rider could not respond straight away, so the rookie pushed to stretch a gap. The distance grew bigger and bigger and the KTM rider once again posted the fastest lap of the race to start the final lap over one second ahead, leaving Canet, Roberts and a revived Gardner to decide the final podium positions. Canet did all he could to defend second place and despite a late attack from Roberts, he reclaimed second at turn 13 and things immediately got worse for Roberts as Gardner bumped him out of the way to steal the final podium spot. Bezzecchi, Vierge, Hector Garzo, Cameron Beaubier and Marcel Schrotter took the remaining top ten positions.

Despite missing out on victory, Gardner claims the championship lead by 4 points from teammate Fernandez, with Lowes dropping to third, only 6 points down on the leader. Bezzecchi keeps fourth with a 20-point gap, while Canet climbs 12 positions up to sixth, behind Fabio Di Giannantonio.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 39'47.377
2 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro +1.600
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +1.968
4 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +2.397
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +5.622
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +6.344
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +7.360
8 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +12.540
9 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex +14.989
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +15.240
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +15.521
12 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +15.667
13 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +19.513
14 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +23.147
15 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +23.494
16 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +23.639
17 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +27.470
18 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +56.999
19 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta +1'00.417
20 89 Fraser Rogers NTS +1'21.966
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +1'25.160
22 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 3 Laps
Not Classified
  96 Jake Dixon Kalex 9 Laps
  13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 12 Laps
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 12 Laps
  64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 16 Laps
  79 Ai Ogura Kalex 19 Laps
  5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 20 Laps
  62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 20 Laps
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  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 0 Lap
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2021 Portimao MotoGP Race Result: Pain And Glory

There were a lot of stories waiting to be told throughout the 25 laps around the beautiful Algarve Circuit but perhaps the most obvious prophecy came true when Fabio Quartararo took the checkered flag almost five seconds ahead of the closest challenger. The Frenchman didn’t have it quite as easy as that gap might suggest but rode impeccably to secure a rare Yamaha hat-trick in the first races of the season. Pecco Bagnaia rode like a man with something to prove after being relegated from pole position on Saturday and recovered from 11th on the grid to climb onto the second step of the podium. Reigning world champion Joan Mir saved the day for Suzuki and scored his first podium of the year.

It was a different picture at that start of the race, when Johann Zarco was always going to reach turn 1 first, ahead of Alex Rins and a fast starting Marc Marquez. Mir also had a good launch off the line and was soon rubbing elbows with Q1 pal Marquez to claim third. Meanwhile, poleman Quartararo dropped to sixth position, behind Jack Miller, but his start was nowhere near as bad as his teammate’s, Maverick Vinales dropping like a stone to 20th place.

Zarco continued to be chased by the Suzukis over the next lap, while Marquez had a first hairy moment when he touched Mir’s rear wheel at turn three and had to concede positions to Quartararo and Miller. Aleix Espargaro soon following suit and got past the Honda man, but he had five tenths to recover on the five leaders. However, it was nowhere near as bad as Vinales’ five seconds behind the leaders and circulating at the back of pack.

Although Rins was tempted to show him a wheel, Zarco continued to lead and meanwhile Quartararo started challenging the Suzukis. Rins eventually made a move stick at turn 13 on lap 4 but Zarco inevitably flew past heading into turn 1 next time around. Quartararo and Mir waited to pounce just behind the duo, while Aleix Espargaro was pushing to keep up with the four leaders, together with a group including Miller, Franco Morbidelli, Brad Binder, Marc Marquez, Bagnaia and Luca Marini.

Rins started lap 5 in the lead once more and Quartararo soon became his main challenger, while Miller crashed out of the group of contenders at turn 3. Home hero Miguel Oliveira also left the party that same lap at turn 14, while Vinales barely turned up to the party at all, as he was almost last on track and nowhere near the pace he showed in practice. Marquez was already starting to struggle and dropped to ninth position but had a one second gap to manage ahead of Marini.

Rins enjoyed a few laps in the limelight but Quartararo did not make it easy for him and the Frenchman picked up the lead on lap 9, immediately posting his first of many 1:39s of the race. Behind that battle, Zarco was keeping Mir busy in the fight for third, while Morbidelli was best of the rest and trying to bridge the almost one second gap. Binder, Bagnaia and Aleix Espargaro were not too far back, while Marquez was steady but lonely in ninth, over two seconds ahead of his brother.

Quartararo continued to do what he does best, setting a red hot pace at the front, but Rins was not ready to give up the fight and kept within a few tenths of the leader. Mir however did not seem to cope with that pace by the halfway point of proceedings, dropping one second back and still under threat from Zarco. Morbidelli and Bagnaia also looked keen to have a say in the battle for third but had to find one second on the duo ahead.

While Quartararo and Rins swapped fastest laps at the front of the pack, Zarco predictably attacked Mir at turn 1 with 12 laps to go and the Suzuki man had no response. Morbidelli tried as much as he could to catch up with the podium battle but Bagnaia breezed past with nine laps to go and picked up the task, which proved a lot easier for the Ducati man, who quickly caught up with Mir.

Quartararo was faultless at the front and could not shake Rins off but the hot pace eventually proved too much for the Suzuki man, Rins crashing out at turn 5, leaving the Frenchman to cruise home for the final seven laps. Zarco inherited second and was over four seconds behind his compatriot but he did not get to enjoy it for long, as Bagnaia quickly dismissed both Mir and Zarco to claim second. Things quickly got even worse for Zarco, as he joined the crash list with 6 laps remaining, throwing the bike in the gravel trap at turn 10 and throwing away the championship lead with it. That allowed Mir to grab the final podium spot, with Morbidelli one second back and steadily closing the gap.

Even with Bagnaia’s late charge, he was no match for Quartararo, who casually extended his gap to over 5 seconds for the final few laps and celebrated back-to-back victories soon after. However, Bagnaia wouldn’t have it so easy to the checkered flag, as both Mir and Morbidelli were on his tail with three laps remaining. Getting past a Ducati was a difficult mission for the duo, who never got a real sniff, but Mir secured the final podium spot and Morbidelli had to make do with fourth. Binder worked wonders to join the top five, with Aleix Espargaro showing great speed late in the race to secure sixth place.

The other great story of the day was Marc Marquez starting his comeback with an impressive seventh place, after an obviously painful 25 laps, which placed six manufacturers in the top seven. Brother Alex Marquez followed him over the line ahead of top rookie Enea Bastianini. Another man gritting his teeth throughout the race was Takaaki Nakagami, who missed out on a lot of track time after a heavy crash on Friday but scored a miraculous top ten. The final big surprise, but a less impressive one, was Vinales taking the checkered flag in 11th place after his very poor start.

Quartararo’s brilliance and Zarco’s nightmare means that the Yamaha rider now leads the world championship standings, 15 points ahead of Bagnaia and 20 points on Vinales, while Zarco drops to fourth, another point down. Reigning champion Mir climbs into fifth place, 23 points behind the leader, while teammate Rins drops to seventh.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 41'46.412
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +4.809
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +4.948
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +5.127
5 33 Brad Binder KTM +6.668
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +8.885
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda +13.208
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda +17.992
9 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +22.369
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +23.676
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +23.761
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati +29.660
13 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +29.836
14 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +38.941
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +50.642
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1 Lap
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  5 Johann Zarco Ducati 6 Laps
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki 7 Laps
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 11 Laps
  43 Jack Miller Ducati 20 Laps
  44 Pol Espargaro Honda 21 Laps
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2021 Portimao Moto3 Race Result: Lightning Strikes Twice

Portugal treated us to perfect conditions for the first race of the day and magnificent rookie Pedro Acosta treated us to a thrilling last lap victory to establish himself as a firm contender for the championship. After a tense 21 lap race, Acosta achieved back to back victories and a third consecutive podium in his first three races in the world championship after a fine move on Dennis Foggia on the final lap. The Italian also impressed as he led the way for most of the race but had to settle for second in the end, while poleman Andrea Migno joined them on the podium.

Migno had made a good start from pole and led the first lap ahead of the Leopard Racing duo of Xavier Artigas and Foggia, while Acosta was the man on the move early on, joining the top five by the end of lap 1, having started 8th on the grid. Migno was vulnerable at the front once the group reached the main straight and Artigas entered turn 1 ahead of the pack, where he lasted another lap or so, until Migno reclaimed top spot. By lap three, a lead group of 13 riders stretched one second’s gap on the pursuers, while the first of the pitlane starters, Darryn Binder, was 10 seconds down on the leader.

You could just about hear the Jaws music on lap 4, when Acosta took over the lead for the first time but it was a bittersweet moment for the rookie brigade, as Artigas got nudged out at turn 3 and crashed out of contention. Luckily for the Leopard squad, teammate Foggia was ready to take over the lead of the pack, which increased in numbers as it merged with a small chasing group.

Foggia did well to show the way for the next few laps, although Acosta was eager to attack and had Sergio Garcia, Migno, Gabriel Rodrigo, Ayumu Sasaki and Jaume Masia as the closest challengers in a 17-man group. Rodrigo soon made it harder for himself as he got a long lap penalty on lap 8 for the incident with Artigas, which he served the very next lap and it dropped him to 15th position, almost four seconds behind the leader. Towards the halfway point of the race, Rodrigo was in charge of the chasing group and quickly reduced the gap to the 10 leaders.

Back at the front, no one could beat Foggia on the brakes into turn 1, but the likes of Acosta, Garcia, Migno, Suzuki, Sasaki and Masia seemed in no rush to challenge the leader. The group also included teammates Adrian Fernandez and Romano Fenati, with Rodrigo rejoining the line-up with nine laps remaining.

Although Foggia continued to look strong at the front, he never stretched a gap and Acosta was getting a bit impatient behind him, while his more experienced teammate, Masia, subtly joined the top three but was kept busy by Migno. The group lost two more contenders with six laps remaining, when Adrian Fernandez picked up Tatsuki Suzuki at turn 3.

The long-awaited move on Foggia came at turn 1 with 4 laps remaining, when Migno picked up the lead but his compatriot found his way back ahead by the end of that same lap. Foggia continued to lead the pack for the final handful of laps, helped by a few mistakes from Acosta but none as big as his teammate’s, as Masia crashed out at turn 5 on the final lap and, coupled with a mistake from Garcia which dropped him to the back of the pack, it allowed Foggia and Acosta a half second gap at the front to decide victory amongst themselves.

Acosta made his decisive move at turn 13 and despite a major moment at the final turn – one of many on the final lap – he kept the lead to the checkered flag. Poleman Migno saved the final podium position ahead of Sasaki, while Rodrigo did great to join the top five. Antonelli was best of the rest in sixth, ahead of Fenati and Garcia, while Masia managed to rejoin and score some decent points in ninth. Ryusei Yamanaka rounded out the top ten, with a notable mention going to Jeremy Alcoba and Deniz Oncu, who grabbed the final points on offer despite their pitlane start with a five second delay.

Acosta’s phenomenal start in Moto3 hands him a 31 points advantage in the world championship standings, ahead of teammate Masia, while Binder’s last minute penalty for irresponsible riding in Q2 cost him dearly, now 34 points behind the leader, tied with Antonelli.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 38'01.773
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +0.051
3 16 Andrea Migno Honda +0.584
4 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +0.615
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +0.675
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +0.729
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +0.773
8 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +1.245
9 5 Jaume Masia KTM +12.487
10 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +12.508
11 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +12.541
12 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +12.593
13 12 Filip Salac Honda +12.833
14 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +13.743
15 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +13.788
16 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +15.234
17 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +18.032
18 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +20.284
19 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +20.343
20 40 Darryn Binder Honda +33.374
21 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +33.410
22 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +36.502
23 17 John McPhee Honda +37.540
24 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +1'08.552
  27 Kaito Toba KTM 6 Laps
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  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 5 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 6 Laps
  43 Xavier Artigas Honda 17 Laps
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2021 Portimao Moto2 Warm Up Result: Gardner Sets Lap Record

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.447    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'42.579 0.132 0.132
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'42.756 0.309 0.177
4 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'42.958 0.511 0.202
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.006 0.559 0.048
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.039 0.592 0.033
7 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.245 0.798 0.206
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.264 0.817 0.019
9 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'43.339 0.892 0.075
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.383 0.936 0.044
11 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.415 0.968 0.032
12 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'43.486 1.039 0.071
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.486 1.039  
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.492 1.045 0.006
15 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'43.525 1.078 0.033
16 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'43.540 1.093 0.015
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'43.554 1.107 0.014
18 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.573 1.126 0.019
19 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.599 1.152 0.026
20 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'43.677 1.230 0.078
21 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'43.714 1.267 0.037
22 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'43.731 1.284 0.017
23 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.748 1.301 0.017
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'43.941 1.494 0.193
25 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'43.972 1.525 0.031
26 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.216 1.769 0.244
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'45.326 2.879 1.110
28 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta 1'46.136 3.689 0.810
29 89 Fraser Rogers NTS 1'46.537 4.090 0.401
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex      
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2021 Portimao MotoGP Warm Up Result: Hot Start For Miller

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.721    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.801 0.080 0.080
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.821 0.100 0.020
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.871 0.150 0.050
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.878 0.157 0.007
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.912 0.191 0.034
7 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.041 0.320 0.129
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.124 0.403 0.083
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.173 0.452 0.049
10 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'40.393 0.672 0.220
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.443 0.722 0.050
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.533 0.812 0.090
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'40.558 0.837 0.025
14 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.609 0.888 0.051
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'40.617 0.896 0.008
16 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.806 1.085 0.189
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.859 1.138 0.053
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.167 1.446 0.308
19 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.237 1.516 0.070
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.477 1.756 0.240
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.773 2.052 0.296
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2021 Portimao Moto3 Warm Up Result: Masia Leads Acosta

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.152    
2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'48.183 0.031 0.031
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'48.474 0.322 0.291
4 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.706 0.554 0.232
5 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.726 0.574 0.020
6 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'48.772 0.620 0.046
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.839 0.687 0.067
8 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.848 0.696 0.009
9 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'49.048 0.896 0.200
10 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'49.161 1.009 0.113
11 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'49.184 1.032 0.023
12 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.241 1.089 0.057
13 17 John McPhee Honda 1'49.265 1.113 0.024
14 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'49.289 1.137 0.024
15 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.385 1.233 0.096
16 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'49.386 1.234 0.001
17 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.422 1.270 0.036
18 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'49.469 1.317 0.047
19 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'49.520 1.368 0.051
20 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.521 1.369 0.001
21 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'49.550 1.398 0.029
22 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'49.571 1.419 0.021
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.674 1.522 0.103
24 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.711 1.559 0.037
25 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'50.147 1.995 0.436
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'50.490 2.338 0.343
27 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'50.587 2.435 0.097
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'51.605 3.453 1.018
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2021 Portimao Moto2 Qualifying Result: Top And Tumble

The final session of the day got underway in beautiful conditions in Portimao and it was Sam Lowes who achieved a pole hat-trick and all time lap record after leading the way throughout Q2. The British rider ended the day with a little tumble at turn 11 but Remy Gardner could not find those couple hundredths of a second to demote him and settled for second. If the top two was quite predictable, there were a few more surprises behind them, where Xavi Vierge went through Q1 to climb onto the front row of the grid, under two tenths off pole.

Rookie Ai Ogura did another phenomenal job to open the second row of the grid, initially ahead of fellow rookie Raul Fernandez, but the Spaniard’s best time got cancelled due to a yellow flag infringement and it promoted Marco Bezzecchi and Augusto Fernandez to row two. Albert Arenas also overcame Q1 to join row three, while Joe Roberts seemed to struggle more than in practice and could only achieve eighth position. Aron Canet’s early hot lap was good enough to break the lap record but the Spaniard slid all the way down to ninth place as the session progressed.

Fernandez had to make do with tenth, opening the fourth row ahead of Q1 leader Somkiat Chantra and Hector Garzo, while Cameron Beaubier, Jake Dixon and Nicolo Bulega completed row five. The likes of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marcos Ramirez did not feature greatly in proceedings and could only qualify 16th and 17th, while Tom Luthi took his sweet time to do a flying lap in Q1 and once he did, it was only fast enough for 22nd. Still not as unlucky as Jorge Navarro, who started Q1 with a big highside at turn 11 and will have to fight from the back of the grid.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'42.901    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.924 0.023 0.023
3 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.075 0.174 0.151
4 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'43.121 0.220 0.046
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.170 0.269 0.049
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.259 0.358 0.089
7 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.304 0.403 0.045
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.314 0.413 0.010
9 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.359 0.458 0.045
10 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.389 0.488 0.030
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'43.454 0.553 0.065
12 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.472 0.571 0.018
13 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.475 0.574 0.003
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.664 0.763 0.189
15 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.676 0.775 0.012
16 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'43.744 0.843 0.068
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.841 0.940 0.097
18 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'44.003 1.102 0.162
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Q2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'43.318    
Q2 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.419 0.101 0.101
Q2 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.482 0.164 0.063
Q2 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.504 0.186 0.022
19 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.523 0.205 0.019
20 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'43.772 0.454 0.249
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'43.778 0.460 0.006
22 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.993 0.675 0.215
23 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'44.195 0.877 0.202
24 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'44.269 0.951 0.074
25 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'44.462 1.144 0.193
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'44.773 1.455 0.311
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'44.908 1.590 0.135
28 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta 1'46.176 2.858 1.268
29 89 Fraser Rogers NTS 1'46.753 3.435 0.577
30 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'49.000 5.682 2.247
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2021 Portimao MotoGP Qualifying Result: Curse Of The Yellow Flag

A warm but cloudy Algarve Circuit was the scene of another ruthless battle for pole position in the premier class. After showing off his pace in FP4, Fabio Quartararo got straight down to business in Q2 and showed off his one lap speed as well, beating the all time lap record on his first flying lap. The Frenchman looked untouchable at the top until Pecco Bagnaia blitzed past on his final flying lap but once the celebratory wheelies were done, his time was scrapped for a yellow flag infringement, which put Quartararo back on pole. Alex Rins made Suzuki proud with his late jump to the middle of the front row, while Johann Zarco started Q2 with a crash at turn 11 but turned it around to add a Ducati to the front row.

Jack Miller came within seven hundredths of a second of the front row but fourth position was impressive enough after his recent trip to the surgeon, a small gap keeping him ahead of a consistent Franco Morbidelli. Marc Marquez spent both qualifying sessions making frenemies of the Suzukis, first chasing Joan Mir to top Q1 and then tailing Rins on his way to the second row of the grid.

Aleix Espargaro opens row three for Aprilia, ahead of Luca Marini, who used pal Bagnaia as a reference to grab a fine eighth position on his first trip to Q2. Unlike Marquez, Joan Mir used up his last fresh soft rear tyre early in Q2 and then dropped down the timesheets to ninth place.

Miguel Oliveira opens fourth row and his fast crash at turn 9 was what prompted the yellow flag that spelled trouble for the man keeping him company on the grid, dropping Bagnaia to 11th position. Maverick Vinales had a pretty disastrous session, one hot lap getting cancelled due to a yellow flag and then seeing his next attempt hindered by marginally exceeding track limits, the Spaniard ending the day in 12th.

Honda colleagues Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro missed out on Q2 but will open the fifth row of the grid, in the company of Brad Binder. The remaining Honda of Takaaki Nakagami did not take part in qualifying after also sitting out FP4 and part of FP3 due to the heavy impact of his crash on Friday. Meanwhile, Jorge Martin was declared unfit for the race due to head, hand and ankle contusions which are being further investigated in hospital.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'38.862    
2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'38.951 0.089 0.089
3 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 1'38.991 0.129 0.040
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.061 0.199 0.070
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'39.103 0.241 0.042
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.121 0.259 0.018
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'39.169 0.307 0.048
8 10 Luca MARINI Ducati 1'39.386 0.524 0.217
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'39.398 0.536 0.012
10 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'39.445 0.583 0.047
11 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'39.482 0.620 0.037
12 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.807 0.945 0.325
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.253    
Q2 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'39.302 0.049 0.049
13 73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.530 0.277 0.228
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO Honda 1'39.710 0.457 0.180
15 33 Brad BINDER KTM 1'39.776 0.523 0.066
16 23 Enea BASTIANINI Ducati 1'39.855 0.602 0.079
17 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.943 0.690 0.088
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 1'40.202 0.949 0.259
19 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'40.408 1.155 0.206
20 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 1'40.444 1.191 0.036
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda      
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2021 Portimao MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo In A League Of His Own

The sky got a few more patches of grey throughout the final practice session for the premier class but did not hinder the action, which mostly consisted of Fabio Quartararo showing off at the top of the timesheets. The Frenchman was the only one posting times in the high 1:39s and showed great rhythm on both the medium and hard rear tyre. Home favourite Miguel Oliveira was two tenths of a second slower and pretty consistent but not quite on par on pace with Quartararo. Championship leader Johann Zarco came close as well and displayed solid pace of his own.

Maverick Vinales did not threaten the lead of the session but put in a strong run on well used medium tyres on his way to fourth position, narrowly ahead of Pecco Bagnaia. Franco Morbidelli added another Yamaha to the mix in sixth spot, while Alex Marquez made a late jump into seventh. Jack Miller in eighth was three tenths down on the leader and fairly consistent on pace as well. We did not have to wait long for Marc Marquez’s first big save of the season, the Spaniard putting the knee to good use at turn 14, on his way to ninth place, while world champion Joan Mir rounded out the top ten, four tenths off top spot.

17 riders posted a time within a second of the leader, including Pol Espargaro, who limped away from a big highside at turn 15 and Luca Marini, who lost the front at turn 9 in a fast but luckily harmless crash. Takaaki Nakagami and Jorge Martin did not feature in this session, the Japanese rider still struggling with the aftermath of his crash on Friday, while the Spaniard is undergoing further checks at the hospital after his scary crash this morning.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.788    
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.056 0.268 0.268
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.073 0.285 0.017
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.075 0.287 0.002
5 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.111 0.323 0.036
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.124 0.336 0.013
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.168 0.380 0.044
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.173 0.385 0.005
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.197 0.409 0.024
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.220 0.432 0.023
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.304 0.516 0.084
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.458 0.670 0.154
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'40.515 0.727 0.057
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.516 0.728 0.001
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.619 0.831 0.103
16 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'40.657 0.869 0.038
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.765 0.977 0.108
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'40.809 1.021 0.044
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.357 1.569 0.548
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.630 1.842 0.273
  30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda      
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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.


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
    Q1 Results:        
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
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