MotoGP Portugal Q1 LIVE: Alex Marquez and Luca Marini pass, Bagnaia in hospital and Bastianini KO

The decisive moments of this Portuguese Grand Prix are coming, and they begin with this Q1 from which only two drivers will emerge who will then continue the adventure for the best places on the starting grid. A duo that is again difficult to predict since we find, for example, the current leader of the championship and his runner-up in the general classification…

An outcome that was decided by a FP3 contested on a wet track on which, however, some lap times were improved compared to Friday. For the record, the fastest in this exercise was the local hero Miguel Oliveira, who, on the KTM, did a lap in 1’50.552. Second time for the Suzuki of Joan Mirwhich is trailing by only 49 thousandths and which in turn is ahead of the reigning champion’s Yamaha Fabio Quartararo of only 5 thousandths.

Fourth fastest time for South African’s KTM Brad Binderfollowed by the Ducati Pramac of Johann Zarco and the ApriliaAleix Espargaro. The Spaniard of the Venetian house is ahead of the official Ducati of the Australian Jack Miller and the Honda HRC of Mark Marquez, author of a “light” high-side which seems to have caused him no physical problem. Ducati Mooney VR46 Racing Team rookie, Marco Bezzecchi and Pol Espargarothe best of FP2, also qualified directly for Q2.

In this Q1 we find in particular: Maverick Viñales, Jorge Martin, Pecco Bagnaia, Franco Morbidelli, Luca Marini, Andrea Dovizioso, the two pilots of the LCR Honda team, the leader of the world classification Enea Bastianini and his runner-up Alex Rins.

What will this quarter of an hour ax of these repechages have in store for us? Before answering this question, here is the table that summarizes the facts known so far.

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) 1’50.750 Miguel Oliveira
Q1 1’39.253 Marc Marquez (See here) 1’39.130 Johann Zarco (See here) 1’46.316 Alex Marquez
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)

The big news for this Saturday afternoon is that we are finally beginning to discover a Portimao track with dry trajectories. The last free practice session dominated by Miguel Oliveira demonstrated it, thus opening a kind of new weekend in this Portuguese Grand Prix.

The light turns green, let’s go! Who will quickly dare the slick tires? Nakagami give it a shot…

Remy Gardner is also on slick and he crashes at turn 9 on his exit lap… A message received by Nakagami who returns to take his Honda on rain tyres.

The first reference is signed by Vinales in 1’51.309. Bastianini puts the mark 1’50.6108 ahead Dovizioso. Bagnaia fall. Nakagami takes the lead in 1’50.478. Alex Marquez does better in 1’40.435 on the day of his 26 years. Bagnaia is shaken. The dark streak continues for the man in red.

Di Giannantonio try the slicks. Gardner joined the track. There are already just over three minutes left and Alex Marquez as Nakagami are currently in Q2.

In the last minute, Dovizioso go ahead. Raúl Fernandez falls and causes a yellow flag. Bastianini fall in his last effort before a checkered flag that salutes Alex Marquez and Luca Marini as the big winner jorge martin first eliminated, under the eyes of his half-brother and boss Valentino Rossi.

It is also a disaster for Alex Rins who will start 23rd. The first two in the championship lost big. Bastianini will start 18th.

Results of the Q1 of the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix at the Autodrome International de l’Algarve in Portimão:

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Classification credit: MotoGP.com

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