Portimão Moto2 & Moto3 Test: Gardner Dominates Moto2, Acosta Leads McPhee In Moto3

While the MotoGP teams are already in Qatar ahead of the first test of the 2021 season, the Moto2 and Moto3 teams are spread across circuits in Europe to prepare for the new season at private tests. A large part of the grid in the junior classes has been at Portimão for the past two days, getting ready for Qatar.

In the Moto2 class, it was Remy Gardner who was quickest, the Australian continuing his dominance at the Portuguese circuit. Gardner was the only rider under the 1'43 bracket, adding the fastest time of the test to his race win, pole record, and race lap record at the track.

Marco Bezzecchi ended the day second, over a third of a second behind Gardner, while Joe Roberts ended as third fastest, the American rider making a solid transition to the Italtrans team. The Moto2 rookies impressed, Tony Arbolino under a second off the time of Gardner, and just ahead of American Superbike champion Cameron Beaubier, who takes Joe Roberts' place in the American Racing team.

In the Moto3 class, Pedro Acosta just inched ahead of John McPhee, the Red Bull Ajo rookie beating the veteran Petronas rider by five hundredths of a second. Andrea Migno set the third quickest time, ahead of a close gaggle of riders composed of Migno, Darryn Binder, Jeremy Alcoba, Jaume Masia, and Gabriel Rodrigo.

The riders pack up now before heading to Jerez for another mass test next week.

Moto2 combined times:

No Rider Team Time Diff Prev Day
87 Remy Gardner Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:42.962     Day 2
72 Marco Bezzecchi Sky VR46 1:43.322 0.360 0.360 Day 1
16 Joe Roberts Italtrans 1:43.344 0.382 0.022 Day 2
9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1:43.516 0.554 0.172 Day 2
96 Xavi Vierge Petronas Sprinta 1:43.542 0.580 0.026 Day 2
21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini 1:43.625 0.663 0.083 Day 2
42 Marcos Ramirez American Racing 1:43.641 0.679 0.016 Day 1
23 Marcel Schrotter Intact GP 1:43.721 0.759 0.080 Day 1
25 Raul Fernandez Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:43.887 0.925 0.166 Day 2
14 Tony Arbolino Intact GP 1:43.938 0.976 0.051 Day 2
6 Cameron Beaubier American Racing 1:44.041 1.079 0.103 Day 2
40 Hector Garzo Pons HP40 1:44.087 1.125 0.046 Day 2
62 Stefano Manzi Pons HP40 1:44.142 1.180 0.055 Day 2
19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Italtrans 1:44.206 1.244 0.064 Day 1
13 Celestino Vietti Sky VR46 1:44.297 1.335 0.091 Day 1
5 Yari Montella Speed Up 1:44.338 1.376 0.041 Day 2
79 Ai Ogura Honda Team Asia 1:44.645 1.683 0.307 Day 1
11 Nicolo Bulega Gresini 1:44.710 1.748 0.065 Day 1
35 Somkiat Chantra Honda Team Asia 1:44.981 2.019 0.271 Day 1

Moto3 combined times:

No Rider Team Time Diff Prev Day
37 Pedro Acosta Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:47.849     Day 2
17 John McPhee Petronas Sprinta 1:47.903 0.054 0.054 Day 2
16 Andrea Migno Snipers Team 1:48.375 0.526 0.472 Day 2
40 Darryn Binder Petronas Sprinta 1:48.454 0.605 0.079 Day 2
52 Jeremy Alcoba Gresini 1:48.524 0.675 0.070 Day 2
5 Jaume Masia Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:48.555 0.706 0.031 Day 2
2 Gabriel Rodrigo Gresini 1:48.650 0.801 0.095 Day 2
53 Deniz Oncu Tech3 KTM 1:48.791 0.942 0.141 Day 1
12 Filip Salac Snipers Team 1:48.873 1.024 0.082 Day 2
71 Ayumi Sasaki Tech3 KTM 1:49.113 1.264 0.240 Day 2
92 Yuki Kunii Honda Team Asia 1:49.168 1.319 0.055 Day 2
27 Kaito Toba CIP 1:49.778 1.929 0.610 Day 2
73 Maximilian Kofler CIP 1:50.164 2.315 0.386 Day 2
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