MotoGP Portugal FP3 LIVE: Oliveira hero at home, Quartararo transformed!

So far the weather forecast for the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve near Portimao has proven to be accurate, and that’s a bit of a hassle as it predicted wet testing and a dry race : a headache for the technicians and enough to undermine all the forecasts…

This morning, they have hardly changed favorably, still anticipating a Saturday in the wet and perhaps even a Sunday of the same ilk, so we will have to deal with it and take advantage of FP3 to break into the top 10.

Friday morning, on a very wet track when the rain had stopped, Marc Márquez, Joan Mir, Marco Bezzecchi, Johann Zarco, Miguel Oliveira, Maverick Vinales, Jorge Martin, Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller and Alex Márquez had pre-qualified for a direct passage in Q2, with a bar established at 1’51.648.

In the afternoon, on an increasingly wet track, Pol Espargaro proved to be the fastest in the session ahead of his teammate and, in the end, Marc Márquez, Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir, Marco Bezzecchi, Johann Zarco, Miguel Oliveira, Maverick Vinales, Jorge Martin, Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller pre-qualified for the direct passage in Q2, with a bar this time lowered to 1’51.437.

The last 5 minutes of FP2 in video:

French side, Johann Zarco suffered a fall at the end of FP2 but is still in the game in these delicate conditions when the situation is much more delicate for Fabio Quartararofor the moment qualified 20th, who suffers from a lack of grip of his Yamaha on the poor grip surface of Portimao in the wet.

While waiting to find out more, as the 25 drivers prepare for this third 45-minute free practice session, under a still very gray sky and a track still completely wet with temperatures of 12° in the air. and 11° on the ground, let’s take advantage of these few live moments thanks to the official MotoGP.com website:

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MotoGP™ Portimao

4-2021 11-2021 2022
FP1 1’42.127 Maverick Vinales (See here) 1’40.192 Fabio Quartararo (See here) 1’50.666 Marc Marquez (See here)
FP2 1’39.866 Francesco Bagnaia (See here) 1’39.390 Fabio Quartararo (See here) 1’50.707 Pol Espargaro (See here)
FP3 1’39.044 Fabio Quartararo (See here) 1’39.202 Francesco Bagnaia (See here) 1’50.552 Miguel Oliveira (See here)
FP4 1’39.788 Fabio Quartararo (See here) 1’39.665 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)
Q1 1’39.253 Marc Marquez (See here) 1’39.130 Johann Zarco (See here)
Q2 1’38.862 Fabio Quartararo (See here) 1’38.725 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)
Warm Up 1’39.721 Jack Miller (See here) 1’39.711 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)
Race Quartararo, Bagnaia, Mir (See here) Bagnaia, Mir, Miller (See here)
Record 1’38.862 Fabio Quartararo (See here) 1’38.725 Francesco Bagnaia 2021 (See here)

When the red lights go out… no one rushes to take the track and it’s finally Andrea Dovizioso who goes first. Conversely, Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir, Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro take their time to leave…

Question tires, everyone chose the soft rain tire at the rear and the medium at the front, except Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller who still use the front tender.

At the end of the first flying lap, it is Fabio Quartararo which sets the pace in 1’53.570 ahead Miguel Oliveira, Takaaki Naquet Gabi and Johann Zarco.

On the next pass, Jack Miller lowers the reference in 1’51.334 in front Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Martin and Marc Marquez. As a reminder, it will be necessary to do better than 1’51.437 to have a chance of entering the top 10. This is precisely what El Diablo who scored 1’51.222 from the third flying lap while Miguel Oliveira takes the lead of the session in 1’50.894.

After 10 minutes, Marc Marquez fall at turn #8, not serious despite the steep high side.

In the aftermath, his brother by the fault at turn #4, without the slightest gravity.

In the lead, the lap times improved with Miguel Oliveira in 1’50.796 then 1’50.583 and Fabio Quartararo 1’51.022 then 1’50.832: obviously, the Frenchman has found something and is provisionally in fourth place in the combined ranking!

At the end of the first quarter of an hour, the combined hierarchy is now composed of Miguel Oliveira, Fabio Quartararo, Marc Márquez, Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir, Brad Binder, Marco Bezzecchi, Johann Zarco, Jack Miller and Maverick Viñales.

Miguel Oliveira improves to 1’50.552 while Joan Mir is positioned second: the first three are now held in 5/100 of a second!

Halfway through the session, the rain timidly reappeared… but that didn’t prevent Brad Binder, then fourth, to produce his effort. But after having lit the first two sectors in red, the South African made a mistake, without gravity.

Alex Espargaro is doing better by integrating the top 10 and ousting his teammate!

The rain is still intensifying and we could well stop there, with 18 minutes left in the session…

Remy Gardner fall without gravity at turn #7 while Darryn Binder do the same to #3.

10 minutes from the checkered flag, it is still raining heavily and no sector is improved.

For Marc Marquezthe shock was still violent and the Honda rider is sitting in his box, without showing the slightest intention of wanting to start again, except perhaps at the very end for some wet start practice.

Conversely, Francesco Bagnaia and jorge martinwho are not part of the prequalified, leave for the last minutes while Marco Bezzecchi suffered a fall in turn #1.

Finally, Miguel Oliveira, Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo, Brad Binder, Marc Márquez, Pol Espargaro, Marco Bezzecchi, Johann Zarco, Aleix Espargaro and Jack Miller are therefore prequalified for Q2.

Results of the FP3 of the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix at the Autodrome International de l’Algarve in Portimão:

Results FP1/FP2/FP3 of the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Autodrome in Portimão:

Classification credit: MotoGP.com

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