MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Jerez Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Leads The Way

Despite the beautiful conditions throughout FP2, the intermediate class were in no rush to go quicker and at the end of the 40 minutes, there was a pretty even split between riders who managed to improve their times from FP1 and those waiting for FP3. Sam Lowes spent a significant amount of time at the top of the timing screens and despite a late attack from championship leader Remy Gardner, the British rider reclaimed top spot at the very end. Gardner finished second, two tenths of a second behind the leader and only one hundredth of a second ahead of Jake Dixon.

Joe Roberts in fourth also finished within three tenths of a second of Lowes, while rookie and early session leader Raul Fernandez completed the top five. Nicolò Bulega in sixth spot was the final rider within half a second of the leader, followed by compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio and birthday boy Xavi Vierge. Marco Bezzecchi and Augusto Fernandez rounded out the top ten, while the remaining provisional top 14 positions were taken by Stefano Manzi, Jorge Navarro, Marcel Schrotter and Somkiat Chantra. Local favourites Aron Canet and Albert Arenas will be some of the men looking to change that hierarchy on Saturday morning.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'41.515    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'41.774 0.259 0.259
3 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'41.785 0.270 0.011
4 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'41.813 0.298 0.028
5 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'41.958 0.443 0.145
6 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'42.002 0.487 0.044
7 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'42.091 0.576 0.089
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'42.166 0.651 0.075
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'42.193 0.678 0.027
10 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'42.214 0.699 0.021
11 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'42.252 0.737 0.038
12 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'42.313 0.798 0.061
13 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'42.329 0.814 0.016
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'42.415 0.900 0.086
15 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'42.421 0.906 0.006
16 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'42.438 0.923 0.017
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'42.533 1.018 0.095
18 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'42.575 1.060 0.042
19 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'42.588 1.073 0.013
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'42.648 1.133 0.060
21 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'42.723 1.208 0.075
22 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'42.734 1.219 0.011
23 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'42.841 1.326 0.107
24 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'42.842 1.327 0.001
25 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'42.955 1.440 0.113
26 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'42.960 1.445 0.005
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'42.965 1.450 0.005
28 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.171 1.656 0.206
29 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'43.620 2.105 0.449
30 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'43.702 2.187 0.082
31 32 Taiga Hada NTS 1'44.423 2.908 0.721
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2021 Jerez MotoGP FP2 Result: Bagnaia Retaliates

The second outing for the premier class took place under beautiful sunshine in Andalucía and riders set a hot pace at the top of the timing screens. It was the usual contenders at the very top - Yamaha branded for the most part - but in the end it was Pecco Bagnaia's Ducati that blitzed past in the closing stages to claim the lead. Fabio Quartararo reduced the gap from four tenths of a second to less than two but had to make do with second position, ahead of a rapid Aleix Espargaro.

Having held top spot for much of the session, Franco Morbidelli dropped down to fourth, as the final rider to post a time within half a second of the eventual leader. Maverick Viñales made a late jump into the top five, while Takaaki Nakagami led the Honda charge from sixth – although the LCR man briefly threatened top spot too. Miguel Oliveira was the top KTM in the session, ahead of Alex Rins and Johann Zarco, while teammate Brad Binder rounded out the top ten positions in FP2 and on the combined standings.

Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl was the first to miss out on the top ten by only four hundredths of a second andwas faster than Jack Miller and Joan Mir. Marc Marquez was one of the few riders who opted to sit out the late time attack and dropped to 16th on the timesheets, one second off top spot.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'37.209    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'37.387 0.178 0.178
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.646 0.437 0.259
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'37.704 0.495 0.058
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'37.726 0.517 0.022
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.775 0.566 0.049
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.816 0.607 0.041
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'37.847 0.638 0.031
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.888 0.679 0.041
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.896 0.687 0.008
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'37.939 0.730 0.043
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'37.965 0.756 0.026
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'38.040 0.831 0.075
14 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'38.115 0.906 0.075
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'38.274 1.065 0.159
16 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.295 1.086 0.021
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.462 1.253 0.167
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'38.516 1.307 0.054
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'38.594 1.385 0.078
20 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.618 1.409 0.024
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'38.698 1.489 0.080
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'38.713 1.504 0.015
23 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'39.023 1.814 0.310
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2021 Jerez Moto3 FP2 Result: Rodrigo Reclaims Top Spot

The second set of practice sessions in Jerez brought some dark splotches in the sky but it did not trouble the action for the lightweight class, who enjoyed perfect track conditions and quickly improved their FP1 times. Gabriel Rodrigo continues a solid run in Spain and reclaimed control of the timesheets after narrowly missing out in FP1. The Argentinian rider had built up a gap of almost one second halfway through FP2, which was eventually reduced to two tenths of a second by FP1 top man Niccolò Antonelli, despite an early crash at turn 1 for the Italian.

Romano Fenati made a late jump into third position, ahead of a consistently impressive Jason Dupasquier. Darryn Binder started his session by sliding out at turn two but rejoined the action to finish in the top five. Ryusei Yamanaka in sixth was almost two tenths quicker than Andrea Migno, while championship leader Pedro Acosta kept close in eighth spot. Deniz Öncü and Jaume Masia rounded out the top ten positions.

Ayumu Sasaki missed out on the top ten by three hundredths of a second, but has provisionally secured a combined top 14 position, together with Filip Salac, Jeremy Alcoba and Dennis Foggia – the Italian only 22nd in the session but having done enough in FP1 to keep his place for now. Tatsuki Suzuki was once again the first leader of the session but he dropped to 15th on the combined timesheets after a late tumble at turn 1.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'45.651    
2 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'45.907 0.256 0.256
3 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'46.060 0.409 0.153
4 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'46.072 0.421 0.012
5 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'46.188 0.537 0.116
6 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'46.226 0.575 0.038
7 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'46.418 0.767 0.192
8 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'46.451 0.800 0.033
9 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'46.464 0.813 0.013
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'46.498 0.847 0.034
11 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'46.528 0.877 0.030
12 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'46.598 0.947 0.070
13 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'46.600 0.949 0.002
14 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'46.600 0.949  
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'46.621 0.970 0.021
16 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'46.674 1.023 0.053
17 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'46.696 1.045 0.022
18 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'46.766 1.115 0.070
19 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'46.783 1.132 0.017
20 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'46.856 1.205 0.073
21 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'46.957 1.306 0.101
22 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'46.963 1.312 0.006
23 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'47.144 1.493 0.181
24 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'47.493 1.842 0.349
25 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'47.568 1.917 0.075
26 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.016 2.365 0.448
27 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'48.122 2.471 0.106
28 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'48.366 2.715 0.244
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2021 Jerez MotoE FP1 Result: Granado Leads Aegerter

The first official session of the MotoE season got underway in Jerez and it was hardly a surprise to see the men who led the way in testing topping the timesheets once more. After Dominique Aegerter claimed top spot early on and followed it up with a tumble, Eric Granado took over for the closing stages of FP1 by seven hundredths of a second. Despite missing out on the final part of the session, Aegerter’s second position was not threatened at all, the next quickest man being reigning Cup winner Jordi Torres, who was almost half a second slower. Matteo Ferrari and rookie Fermín Aldeguer rounded out the top five, while Mattia Casadei, Miquel Pons, Andrea Mantovani, Yonny Hernandez and Alessandro Zaccone completed the top ten positions.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'48.057    
2 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'48.134 0.077 0.077
3 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'48.568 0.511 0.434
4 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1'48.707 0.650 0.139
5 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 1'48.709 0.652 0.002
6 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 1'48.800 0.743 0.091
7 71 Miquel Pons Energica 1'48.863 0.806 0.063
8 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 1'49.052 0.995 0.189
9 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica 1'49.149 1.092 0.097
10 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'49.158 1.101 0.009
11 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 1'49.164 1.107 0.006
12 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'49.268 1.211 0.104
13 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1'49.372 1.315 0.104
14 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'49.997 1.940 0.625
15 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 1'50.167 2.110 0.170
16 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 1'50.667 2.610 0.500
17 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 1'51.431 3.374 0.764
18 14 Andre Pires Energica 1'51.725 3.668 0.294
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2021 Jerez Moto2 FP1 Result: Gardner Gains Top Spot

The intermediate class didn’t get to close the FP1 show this time around but they still kept us entertained right up to the checkered flag, when championship leader Remy Gardner jumped ahead by a tenth of a second. The Australian had started the session at the top as well, before allowing some of his rivals some airtime, including the likes of Marco Bezzecchi, who got demoted to second position at the end of the session. Sam Lowes had a pretty typical morning, the British rider consistently towards the top end of the timing screens but ending the morning with a light tumble at turn six and settling for third.

Rookie Raul Fernandez kept close – one thousandth of a second close – to the top three, while compatriot Jorge Navarro seemed to enjoy the return to home soil and joined the top five. Fabio Di Giannantonio in sixth was only two tenths off top spot and narrowly ahead of Augusto Fernandez. Somkiat Chantra, Joe Roberts and Jake Dixon completed the top ten, while Nicolò Bulega, Marcel Schrotter, Aron Canet and Albert Arenas are provisionally inside the top 14.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'41.675    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'41.797 0.122 0.122
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'41.909 0.234 0.112
4 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'41.910 0.235 0.001
5 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'41.918 0.243 0.008
6 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'41.924 0.249 0.006
7 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'41.954 0.279 0.030
8 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'42.094 0.419 0.140
9 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'42.172 0.497 0.078
10 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'42.209 0.534 0.037
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'42.218 0.543 0.009
12 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'42.229 0.554 0.011
13 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'42.263 0.588 0.034
14 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'42.299 0.624 0.036
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'42.354 0.679 0.055
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'42.531 0.856 0.177
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'42.540 0.865 0.009
18 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'42.559 0.884 0.019
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'42.601 0.926 0.042
20 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'42.633 0.958 0.032
21 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'42.662 0.987 0.029
22 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'42.828 1.153 0.166
23 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'42.953 1.278 0.125
24 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'42.964 1.289 0.011
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'43.007 1.332 0.043
26 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'43.047 1.372 0.040
27 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'43.086 1.411 0.039
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'43.476 1.801 0.390
29 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'43.513 1.838 0.037
30 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'43.899 2.224 0.386
31 32 Taiga Hada NTS 1'45.377 3.702 1.478
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2021 Jerez MotoGP FP1 Result: Binder Robs Aprilia

There were many people in the premier class who were eager to return to Jerez and everyone got a warm and dry welcome for FP1. Brad Binder enjoyed his return to the scene of his MotoGP debut and celebrated it by dethroning one of the home favourites, Aleix Espargaro, from the top of the timesheets by almost two tenths of a second at the checkered flag. Espargaro kept Aprilia in the limelight for much of the session, before having to concede top spot to the KTM man. Marc Marquez also had a bittersweet comeback to a track he loves but that didn’t love him back quite as much last year. The Honda man steadily climbed the timesheets to end the morning in third spot, less than three tenths off the leader.

Pecco Bagnaia had a pretty busy morning out on track and was slow to join the top end of the action but his late attack promoted him to fourth, ahead of early session leader and last year’s Jerez hero, Fabio Quartararo. Johann Zarco added another Ducati to the mix in sixth spot, ahead of KTM’s Miguel Oliveira and Honda’s Pol Espargaro. Maverick Viñales trailed his compatriot by only one thousandth of a second, while world champion Joan Mir managed to stay in the top ten despite limited running in the first half of FP1. The Suzuki man posted an identical time to Takaaki Nakagami, but the still bruised LCR Honda rider misses out on the top 10 for now. Franco Morbidelli in 12th position was the last rider to post a time within half a second of the leader, with the top 19 riders covered by one second.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'38.013    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'38.204 0.191 0.191
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.291 0.278 0.087
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'38.301 0.288 0.010
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'38.344 0.331 0.043
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'38.397 0.384 0.053
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'38.398 0.385 0.001
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'38.433 0.420 0.035
9 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'38.434 0.421 0.001
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'38.484 0.471 0.050
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'38.484 0.471  
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.492 0.479 0.008
13 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'38.630 0.617 0.138
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'38.706 0.693 0.076
15 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'38.764 0.751 0.058
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.819 0.806 0.055
17 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.871 0.858 0.052
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'39.054 1.041 0.183
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'39.110 1.097 0.056
20 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.299 1.286 0.189
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'39.502 1.489 0.203
22 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'39.531 1.518 0.029
23 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'39.825 1.812 0.294
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2021 Jerez Moto3 FP1 Result: Antonelli Attacks

The lightweight class finally got to enjoy a very familiar playground, Jerez welcoming them with cool and overcast conditions. After Tatsuki Suzuki led the way for the first half of the session, the second half was a remote dispute between Niccolò Antonelli and Gabriel Rodrigo, where the Italian came out on top with a late attack on the timesheets. Rodrigo settled for second, a tenth and a half behind the leader, while Jason Dupasquier impressed in third spot.

Jaume Masia kept close in fourth position, ahead of fellow Red Bull KTM branded colleague Deniz Öncü. Dennis Foggia also seemed to enjoy the return to more familiar grounds and climbed into sixth place, ahead of compatriot Andrea Migno. Darryn Binder, Stefano Nepa and Romano Fenati rounded out the top ten, all posting times within four tenths of a second of the leader.

Riccardo Rossi, Ryusei Yamanaka, Pedro Acosta and Xavier Artigas claimed the remaining top 14 positions on the provisional combined ranking, with the rookie world championship leader less than six tenths off top spot.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'46.319    
2 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'46.488 0.169 0.169
3 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'46.531 0.212 0.043
4 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'46.548 0.229 0.017
5 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'46.568 0.249 0.020
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'46.595 0.276 0.027
7 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'46.621 0.302 0.026
8 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'46.651 0.332 0.030
9 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'46.662 0.343 0.011
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'46.716 0.397 0.054
11 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'46.841 0.522 0.125
12 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'46.854 0.535 0.013
13 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'46.901 0.582 0.047
14 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'47.005 0.686 0.104
15 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'47.200 0.881 0.195
16 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'47.313 0.994 0.113
17 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'47.340 1.021 0.027
18 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'47.393 1.074 0.053
19 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'47.397 1.078 0.004
20 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'47.565 1.246 0.168
21 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'47.605 1.286 0.040
22 17 John McPhee Honda 1'47.898 1.579 0.293
23 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'47.942 1.623 0.044
24 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'47.965 1.646 0.023
25 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'48.296 1.977 0.331
26 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'48.503 2.184 0.207
27 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.910 2.591 0.407
28 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'49.297 2.978 0.387
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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
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  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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