2021 Portimao World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Cold And Damp

The last World Supersport sprint race in Europe for the year would be on a cold, damp track thanks to rain in the morning. Jonathan Rea was declared fit to race. Tyres for the ten lap race would be a tricky choice, with wets, intermediates and slicks available, however, everyone lined up with wet tyres, with the track only 23ºC.

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Austin MotoGP Saturday Round Up: New Surface Needed, More Speed Than Ever, And Predicting The Last Rider Standing

It has been four years since anyone lapped the Circuit of The Americas quite so rapidly. In 2018 and 2019, nobody, not even Marc Marquez, managed to get under the 2'03s. So it is a testament to how much faster the MotoGP riders are going that two riders managed it on Saturday in Austin. And this, despite the fact that the track has become so much more bumpy in the past couple of years.

So bumpy, in fact, that it appears as if the circuit has been issued an ultimatum: resurfaces the section from the exit of Turn 1 all the way through Turn 10, or MotoGP is not coming back. Though riders try not to talk to the media about what was discussed in the Safety Commission, the body in which the MotoGP riders can talk to Dorna and the FIM about safety issues, so that they can speak freely, it was obvious there was only one topic of discussion in the meeting: the bumps which have rendered the track so dangerous that there were calls by some riders not to race at all on Sunday.

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2021 Austin MotoGP FP4 Result: More Miller Magic

The sky was looking a touch darker in Austin but there was no real threat during the final practice session of the premier class and it allowed Jack Miller to cruise into the lead of another session, this time with a one tenth advantage on his rivals. Adding to a pretty low key Friday at CotA, Joan Mir made a fiery start in FP4, as his engine spat out flames down the back straight, but the frustration proved to be solid motivation, as he rejoined on his second machine and climbed into second position.

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2021 Austin Moto2 FP3 Result: Another Raul Fernandez Headline

The weather in Austin was stable enough to deliver three dry FP3 sessions and the intermediate class didn’t have to rush to sort out the top 14 positions. Despite a few movements early on, Raul Fernandez’s Friday benchmark stood until the final handful of minutes of FP3, when fellow rookie Ai Ogura and then teammate Remy Gardner challenged for the top of the timesheets. However, Fernandez quickly responded to reclaim the lead by six hundredths of a second from Gardner, whose final charge was derailed by a moment in the final sector.

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2021 Austin MotoGP FP3 Result: Miller Miles Ahead

Saturday morning in Texas was still dry and hot, albeit quite overcast, and it allowed the premier class another physically-demanding battle for the top 10. There was no major movement on the timesheets early on but the time attack eventually hotted up for the final handful of minutes, with Jack Miller ending FP3 on a high, almost seven tenths of a second ahead of the opposition. Only five rivals managed to finish the session within a second of the Ducati man, with Takaaki Nakagami as the main challenger.

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2021 Austin Moto3 FP3 Result: Masia Leads Nepa

The weather radars were kind on the lightweight class on Saturday morning, with dry conditions for FP3 and a solid opportunity to fight for that valuable top 14. Despite the improved forecast, riders were in no hurry to attack the timesheets so Filip Salac’s top FP2 time held on until the shootout in the final handful of minutes. Jaume Masia eventually managed to claim the top of the timesheets by almost two tenths of a second from Stefano Nepa, whose late charge promoted him to second, ahead of compatriots Dennis Foggia and Niccolò Antonelli.

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2021 Portimao World Superbike Race One Result: Hard Racing Has Consequences

World Superbike race one was twenty laps of Portimao, with no Pirelli SCX tyres available for safety reasons. The track was 43ºC with 25ºC air temperature. Toprak Razgatlioglu leads Jonathan Rea by twenty points in the championship going into this round. 

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2021 Portimao World Superbike Superpole Result: Lap Record Pace

World Superbike was fifteen minutes of qualifying, with riders getting two of their three Pirelli SCX tyres. Pirelli restricted the SCX to just this session and the Superpole race on Sunday, deeming it unusable for the feature races. Alex Lowes was ruled unfit and didn't get to take part in qualifying.

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