Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Portimao:
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Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Portimao:
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.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Portimao:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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