2020 Portimao MotoGP FP1 Result: Dream Start For Oliveira

The premier class’ first ride on the rollercoaster of Portimao gave us over an hour of nice wheelie shots out of turn 8 and a pretty tight field until the late time attack that not everyone joined. Although there was no one in the stands to greet him, home hero Miguel Oliveira grabbed top spot at the checkered flag by four hundredths of a second to make a dream start to his home race. Maverick Vinales spent quite a bit of time at the top throughout FP1 but settled for second, while Aleix Espargaro put his experience from the test to good use to join the top three. Teammate Lorenzo Savadori also did an excellent job to add another Aprilia in fourth position, less than two tenths of a second off top spot.

Pol Espargaro was the lead KTM in fifth place, ahead of the lead Honda of Cal Crutchlow and newly crowned world champion Joan Mir, who was seven tenths off the lead. Fabio Quartararo was another of the early leaders of the session but the Frenchman wasn’t tempted by the late time attack and dropped to eighth, while the Honda duo of Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl completed the top ten.

Alex Rins and Andrea Dovizoso were the final riders to set a time within a second of the leader, while Jack Miller lost ground after topping the session very early on and dropped to 16th spot.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.122    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.162 0.040 0.040
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.236 0.114 0.074
4 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'40.297 0.175 0.061
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.680 0.558 0.383
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.695 0.573 0.015
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.856 0.734 0.161
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.877 0.755 0.021
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.878 0.756 0.001
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.920 0.798 0.042
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.960 0.838 0.040
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.961 0.839 0.001
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.167 1.045 0.206
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'41.181 1.059 0.014
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'41.228 1.106 0.047
16 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'41.271 1.149 0.043
17 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.433 1.311 0.162
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'41.928 1.806 0.495
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.946 1.824 0.018
20 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'42.082 1.960 0.136
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'43.154 3.032 1.072
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'43.910 3.788 0.756
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are you saying Tech3 doesn't run real KTM's ? or have they also rebranded to GASGAS ? wink

Yes I know it is only FP1 and yes, Savadori tested here recently as one of the few riders with a MotoGP bike, but still! He only has two races under his belt and was more than three seconds off the pace until very recently. He actually seems to be making progress, more so than Smith did, it seems. It'll be interesting to see if he can keep this up. I for sure did not expect him to do so well, especially as such a late stand-in. The idea of letting him get some race experience made sense, and now it really seems to work out, this will definitely make him a better testrider for the coming season. Nice surprise. 

Parabéns Miguel Oliveira, bom dia. That's all the Portugese I know.

Go get em Miguel Oliveira! I would really like to see Tech3 get another win. Particularly for Hervé Poncharal & Guy Coulon.

Let's assume Zara meant Pol was the first Factory KTM, shall we?