MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Algarve MotoGP Qualifying Result: The Ultimate Tag Team

Going into the qualifying sessions for the premier class, the outcome almost felt like a foregone conclusion based on what we’ve seen in practice but then Jack Miller hinted at something different as he broke the lap record on his first outing. The Australian looked on route for his first Tissot, but his teammate ruthlessly robbed him once again of both pole and all-time lap record, Pecco Bagnaia taking his fifth consecutive pole position at the final call. Miller finished one tenth of a second back and secured another Ducati one-two, with Joan Mir keeping them company on the front row of the very first time. A somewhat miffed Suzuki man took his maiden front row in the premier class, less than two tenths off top spot and convinced he could've done better.

Jorge Martin and his Q1 graduate teammate Johann Zarco will open the second row of the grid ahead of the lead Honda of Pol Espargaro, the Spaniard four tenths slower than the pole time. Not mentioning Fabio Quartararo’s name until this point in the report seems a bit odd but the Frenchman could not quite follow through with the speed he showed in practice and a yellow flag infringement left him 9th after the first run of laps. The world champion climbed up the timesheets on his second outing but only made it as high up as 7th position, opening the third row. Alex Marquez managed both a solid 8th place on the grid and to aggravate Mir on his final flying lap, while Franco Morbidelli flew under the radar all the way up to ninth.

Iker Lecuona breezed through Q1 and qualified 10th on the grid, sharing fourth row with Alex Rins and rookie Luca Marini, the Italian slowed down by an early tumble at turn 14. Teammate Enea Bastianini missed out on Q2 by a tenth of a second and will start the race from 13th place, ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci, while Miguel Oliveira has quite a bit of work to do from 17th on the grid. Not as much as Takaaki Nakagami though, the LCR man crashing late in Q1 and dropping to the back of the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'38.725    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.829 0.104 0.104
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'38.893 0.168 0.064
4 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'38.916 0.191 0.023
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'38.918 0.193 0.002
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'39.058 0.333 0.140
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.131 0.406 0.073
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'39.191 0.466 0.060
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.321 0.596 0.130
10 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'39.387 0.662 0.066
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.649 0.924 0.262
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'39.828 1.103 0.179
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.130    
Q2 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'39.171 0.041 0.041
13 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'39.283 0.153 0.112
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.389 0.259 0.106
15 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'39.595 0.465 0.206
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.604 0.474 0.009
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'39.624 0.494 0.020
18 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'39.738 0.608 0.114
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.859 0.729 0.121
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'39.907 0.777 0.048
21 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'39.918 0.788 0.011
22 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.009 0.879 0.091
Round Number: 
17
2021
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2021 Algarve MotoGP FP4 Result: Advantage Bagnaia

The final practice session was a familiar sight in familiar conditions in Portimão and it was hardly a surprise to see Pecco Bagnaia’s name at the top of the standings at the chequered flag. The Italian tried the hard rear tyre and then the medium one and was quick and consistent on both, topping a close session by six hundredths of a second. Johann Zarco finally got up to speed and briefly led the way in FP3, before getting demoted to second, while Luca Marini made a late jump up to third.

Some good news finally came KTM’s way, through Iker Lecuona spending much of the session at the top end of the timing screens, briefly in top spot and eventually finishing fourth. In shocking news, Fabio Quartararo was not in the top two and ended the session fifth, but with predictably impeccable race pace. In his brother’s absence, Alex Marquez was once more the lead Honda, four tenths off top spot and another tenth ahead of Jack Miller and Joan Mir.

Franco Morbidelli and Aleix Espargaro completed the top 10 positions, with Pol Espargaro dropping to 11th after an early crash at turn 1 derailed his session somewhat. Although the likes of Jorge Martin, Alex Rins and the factory KTMs were nowhere near the limelight, they were within the 20 riders covered by only one second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.665    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.725 0.060 0.060
3 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'39.760 0.095 0.035
4 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'39.836 0.171 0.076
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.998 0.333 0.162
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.065 0.400 0.067
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.156 0.491 0.091
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.158 0.493 0.002
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.184 0.519 0.026
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.286 0.621 0.102
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'40.337 0.672 0.051
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.363 0.698 0.026
13 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'40.418 0.753 0.055
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'40.452 0.787 0.034
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.536 0.871 0.084
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.569 0.904 0.033
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.599 0.934 0.030
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.634 0.969 0.035
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'40.648 0.983 0.014
20 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'40.658 0.993 0.010
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.672 1.007 0.014
22 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'40.864 1.199 0.192
Round Number: 
17
2021
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2021 Algarve Moto3 Qualifying Result: Quite The Comeback

The stands were getting fuller as the action got more animated for the lightweight class qualifying session, but conditions were still a tad cold and windy. If the returning Sergio Garcia was struggling with any of that, he sure did not show it one bit, the Spaniard back in action after a bruised kidney kept him away for the last two rounds and promptly showing why he was a title contender this season. With a great final few laps, Garcia not only secured a maiden pole position but also set the new all time lap record for the class. John McPhee closed in to only one hundredth of a second on his final flying lap, the Scotsman also looking to make amends after a difficult outing in Misano, while the final front row seat was taken by impressive rookie Adrian Fernandez.

Dennis Foggia will start his title attack with a grid advantage over his rival, the Italian qualifying fourth but with the threat of Jaume Masia right behind him and the hope that teammate Xavier Artigas can help out from the other end of row two. Darryn Binder opens the third row of the grid ahead of Niccolò Antonelli and Filip Salac, the two KTM men only half a second off pole. Ayumu Sasaki, Jeremy Alcoba and Izan Guevara will share fourth row, although the Gresini rider (and Q1 leader) should have the early advantage given than the two men surrounding him have long lap penalties to serve in tomorrow’s race.

Things didn’t really go to plan for Pedro Acosta, through a combination of less than impeccable timing and a track limits infringement, which saw him drop down the timesheets in the flurry of late flying laps. The championship leader will need a fast start from 14th on the grid, if he wants to catch up with his main rival and will have to fend off Romano Fenati and Alberto Surra first. Meanwhile, sixth row was reserved for the unluckiest of the lot, Andrea Migno ending the session with a tumble at turn 13, Yuki Kunii acing Q1 but running out of fuel and complicating his Q2 appearance and Tatsuki Suzuki crashing out before even posting a time in Q2. Talking of bad luck, Gabriel Rodrigo got ruled out of the race due to lingering shoulder pain.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'47.274    
2 17 John McPhee Honda 1'47.291 0.017 0.017
3 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'47.404 0.130 0.113
4 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'47.517 0.243 0.113
5 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'47.570 0.296 0.053
6 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'47.586 0.312 0.016
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'47.712 0.438 0.126
8 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'47.774 0.500 0.062
9 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'47.811 0.537 0.037
10 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'47.817 0.543 0.006
11 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'47.829 0.555 0.012
12 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'47.835 0.561 0.006
13 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'47.900 0.626 0.065
14 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'47.986 0.712 0.086
15 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'48.096 0.822 0.110
16 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'48.270 0.996 0.174
17 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'48.682 1.408 0.412
18 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.127    
Q2 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'48.679 0.552 0.552
Q2 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'48.786 0.659 0.107
Q2 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'48.851 0.724 0.065
19 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'48.990 0.863 0.139
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.042 0.915 0.052
21 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1'49.074 0.947 0.032
22 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.085 0.958 0.011
23 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'49.127 1.000 0.042
24 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'49.179 1.052 0.052
25 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.192 1.065 0.013
26 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.213 1.086 0.021
27 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'50.196 2.069 0.983
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17
2021
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2021 Algarve Moto2 FP3 Result: Fernandez Tops Despite Tumble

The intermediate class got the same chilly and breezy treatment for their final practice session and the main contenders were largely the same as well, the Red Bull KTM Ajo boys quick to improve on Friday’s benchmark. The duo traded places early on, but Raul Fernandez ended up on top, despite a light tumble at turn 13 halfway through the session. The Spaniard was able to rejoin for the final time attack and secured top spot, Remy Gardner settling for second, three hundredths of a second behind his teammate, with Marco Bezzecchi another tenth back. Augusto Fernandez recovered well from an eventful Friday to climb up to fourth, while rookie Celestino Vietti joins the top five.

Sam Lowes in sixth was less than four tenths off top spot and one tenth ahead of Albert Arenas. Jorge Navarro didn’t have an easy morning, crashing out at turn four very early on and only making it back on track for one final flying lap, but he made the most of that lap and climbed up to 8th on the timesheets. Compatriots Hector Garzo and Aron Canet joined him in the top 10, with Stefano Manzi, Ai Ogura, Xavi Vierge and Cameron Beaubier also securing Q2 tickets.

An injured Joe Roberts admirably spent most of the session inside those prime positions, only missing out on the top 14 by three hundredths of a second after Navarro’s late charge. He will have company in Q1 from the likes of Fabio Di Giannantonio, Jake Dixon and a bruised Marcos Ramirez.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'42.462    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.498 0.036 0.036
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'42.623 0.161 0.125
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'42.757 0.295 0.134
5 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'42.850 0.388 0.093
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'42.855 0.393 0.005
7 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'42.965 0.503 0.110
8 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'42.969 0.507 0.004
9 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'42.982 0.520 0.013
10 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.009 0.547 0.027
11 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'43.100 0.638 0.091
12 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'43.104 0.642 0.004
13 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.118 0.656 0.014
14 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.147 0.685 0.029
15 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.186 0.724 0.039
16 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'43.237 0.775 0.051
17 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.246 0.784 0.009
18 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.249 0.787 0.003
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'43.326 0.864 0.077
20 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.546 1.084 0.220
21 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.585 1.123 0.039
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.604 1.142 0.019
23 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'43.707 1.245 0.103
24 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'43.745 1.283 0.038
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'43.756 1.294 0.011
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'43.840 1.378 0.084
27 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.089 1.627 0.249
28 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'44.223 1.761 0.134
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.776 2.314 0.553
30 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'45.267 2.805 0.491
31 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 1'46.820 4.358 1.553
Round Number: 
17
2021
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2021 Algarve MotoGP FP3 Result: Bagnaia Deposes Quartararo

The clear blue skies didn’t quite show the cold and windy greeting that the premier class got on day two in Portimão and challenging Friday’s top ten looked like wishful thinking for a long time. The final shootout brought down the FP2 benchmark, but it was the usual suspects trading top spot, Pecco Bagnaia deposing Fabio Quartararo from prime position in the final five minutes of the session and although the world champion fought back, he came one thousandth of a second short. Joan Mir briefly led proceedings halfway through FP3, before dropping to third, trailing the leader by only two hundredths of a second.

Jack Miller claimed fourth, only a tenth slower than his teammate, while Alex Marquez made solid progress to join the top five. Franco Morbidelli was another welcome addition to Q2 in sixth place, ahead of the Spanish duet of Alex Rins and Pol Espargaro. Luca Marini and Jorge Martin added some rookie flavour to a top ten covered by less than half a second, leaving the likes of Takaaki Nagakami, Enea Bastianini and Johann Zarco to find a way out for Q1.

KTM’s struggles in the tricky conditions continued, local hero Miguel Oliveira the lead KTM down in 15th position and eight tenths off top spot, while Aprilia didn't have a great time either, both Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales failing to improve their FP2 times and closing the timesheets on Saturday morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.202    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.203 0.001 0.001
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.227 0.025 0.024
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.362 0.160 0.135
5 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'39.375 0.173 0.013
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.476 0.274 0.101
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.550 0.348 0.074
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'39.552 0.350 0.002
9 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'39.580 0.378 0.028
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'39.663 0.461 0.083
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.668 0.466 0.005
12 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'39.883 0.681 0.215
13 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'39.936 0.734 0.053
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.995 0.793 0.059
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.061 0.859 0.066
16 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'40.207 1.005 0.146
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.213 1.011 0.006
18 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.213 1.011  
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.282 1.080 0.069
20 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'40.364 1.162 0.082
21 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'40.616 1.414 0.252
22 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.826 1.624 0.210
Round Number: 
17
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2021 Algarve Moto3 FP3 Result: McPhee Climbs To The Top

Portimão welcomed riders for day two with pretty cold and windy conditions but that did not stop the lightweight class from challenging for places directly into Q2. Although Pedro Acosta kept top spot warm for much of the session, it was John McPhee who picked up the pace to lead the time attack in the final couple of minutes. The Petronas rider looked back to his best after a tough weekend in Misano and topped FP3 by five hundredths of a second from Dennis Foggia, who continues to look strong. Tatsuki Suzuki made a late jump into third place, ahead of rookie Izan Guevara, who will hope for an equally solid qualifying to offset the long lap penalty he received for irresponsible riding on Friday.

Filip Salac joined the top five ahead of championship leader Acosta, while Ayumu Sasaki followed them closely but also has a long lap penalty on the horizon. Andrea Migno, Darryn Binder and the returning Sergio Garcia completed the top 10, with rookies Adrian Fernandez and Xavier Artigas also securing tickets to Q2. Although they failed to go any quicker than Friday, Jaume Masia and Romano Fenati did enough to head straight to Q2 later on, leaving the likes of Niccolò Antonelli, Stefano Nepa or Jeremy Alcoba to fight it out in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 17 John McPhee Honda 1'47.775    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'47.830 0.055 0.055
3 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'47.953 0.178 0.123
4 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'48.048 0.273 0.095
5 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'48.052 0.277 0.004
6 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'48.090 0.315 0.038
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.172 0.397 0.082
8 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'48.184 0.409 0.012
9 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'48.228 0.453 0.044
10 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'48.233 0.458 0.005
11 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'48.371 0.596 0.138
12 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'48.380 0.605 0.009
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'48.450 0.675 0.070
14 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.456 0.681 0.006
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.547 0.772 0.091
16 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.561 0.786 0.014
17 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.618 0.843 0.057
18 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'48.640 0.865 0.022
19 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1'48.677 0.902 0.037
20 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.833 1.058 0.156
21 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'48.933 1.158 0.100
22 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'48.934 1.159 0.001
23 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'49.035 1.260 0.101
24 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.310 1.535 0.275
25 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.347 1.572 0.037
26 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.926 2.151 0.579
27 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'50.076 2.301 0.150
28 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'51.456 3.681 1.380
Round Number: 
17
2021
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2021 Algarve Moto2 FP2 Result: Raul Fernandez Takes Over

The intermediate class closed day one in Portugal in breezy but sunny conditions and with significant improvements on the timesheets, Raul Fernandez taking over at the front by only two thousandths of a second from Sam Lowes. Remy Gardner’s third place doesn’t tell the full story of his eventful end to the session, clipping the back of Marcos Ramirez and flying into the gravel trap at turn 15. Thankfully both riders were up and walking in no time, but giving their teams a lot of work tonight.

Nothing too dramatic happened for Jorge Navarro and the Spaniard made late progress, after a slower start, to join the top 10 all the way up to fourth, with rookie Ai Ogura joining him in the top five. Aron Canet drops to sixth, ahead of the Sky Racing duo of Marco Bezzecchi and rookie Celestino Vietti. Augusto Fernandez made a cautious start after the crash suffered in FP1 but managed to find enough speed for ninth place in the session, with compatriot Xavi Vierge completing the top 10.

Marcel Schrotter, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Cameron Beaubier and Jake Dixon joined the combined top 14 but with another sunny morning forecasted for Saturday, there should be another opportunity to sneak straight into Q2 for the likes of Stefano Manzi, Albert Arenas or Nicolò Bulega. Fermín Aldeguer, Marcos Ramirez and Hector Garzo also missed out, despite being less than a second off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.246    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.248 0.002 0.002
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.368 0.122 0.120
4 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'43.372 0.126 0.004
5 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'43.445 0.199 0.073
6 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.446 0.200 0.001
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.563 0.317 0.117
8 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'43.581 0.335 0.018
9 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.692 0.446 0.111
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.702 0.456 0.010
11 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.726 0.480 0.024
12 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'43.744 0.498 0.018
13 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.753 0.507 0.009
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.868 0.622 0.115
15 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'43.869 0.623 0.001
16 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.872 0.626 0.003
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.077 0.831 0.205
18 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'44.149 0.903 0.072
19 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.161 0.915 0.012
20 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.190 0.944 0.029
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'44.268 1.022 0.078
22 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.314 1.068 0.046
23 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.354 1.108 0.040
24 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'44.498 1.252 0.144
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.590 1.344 0.092
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'44.643 1.397 0.053
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'44.711 1.465 0.068
28 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.903 1.657 0.192
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'45.093 1.847 0.190
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 1'45.945 2.699 0.852
31 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'46.789 3.543 0.844
Round Number: 
17
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2021 Algarve MotoGP FP2 Result: Unstoppable Quartararo

The premier class enjoyed a bright but somewhat windy afternoon in Portugal and the sun shined particularly bright over Fabio Quartararo, the world champion starting and ending FP2 at the top of the timesheets. Despite short interruptions from the likes of Pecco Bagnaia and Joan Mir and a fine save at turn 13, the Frenchman ended day one in Portimão one tenth ahead of the closest rival. Bagnaia made do with second place once more, ahead of teammate Jack Miller, with Mir dropping to fourth.

Pol Espargaro was once again the lead Honda, but this time with a few more of his colleagues joining him in the top 10. Johann Zarco snuck ahead of Alex Marquez to claim seventh position, while Aleix Espargaro separated the two LCR Hondas on the timesheets, dropping Takaaki Nakagami to ninth. Alex Rins rounded out the top 10 positions, seven tenths of a second behind the leader.

Jorge Martin found some late speed after an understandably cautious start, but missed out on the combined top 10 by three thousandths of a second. Meanwhile, KTM’s nightmares continue, with Brad Binder their fastest rider in 17th place and home favourite Miguel Oliveira another couple of places behind his teammate and a second and a half off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.390    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.522 0.132 0.132
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.611 0.221 0.089
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.680 0.290 0.069
5 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'39.792 0.402 0.112
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.889 0.499 0.097
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.042 0.652 0.153
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.069 0.679 0.027
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.122 0.732 0.053
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.176 0.786 0.054
11 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'40.179 0.789 0.003
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.225 0.835 0.046
13 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'40.231 0.841 0.006
14 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'40.284 0.894 0.053
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.323 0.933 0.039
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'40.467 1.077 0.144
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.498 1.108 0.031
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.700 1.310 0.202
19 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.935 1.545 0.235
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.097 1.707 0.162
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.174 1.784 0.077
22 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'41.214 1.824 0.040
Round Number: 
17
2021
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2021 Algarve Moto3 FP2 Result: Fenati Robs Foggia

Temperatures were just a little kinder on the lightweight class for their second outing of the day but the plotline for FP2 was fairly familiar, with Pedro Acosta spending the most time at the top of the timing screens, until rival Dennis Foggia robbed him with 10 minutes remaining. However, the late flurry of flying laps saw the Italian’s lead cut down and Romano Fenati timed things to perfection to steal the headlines from compatriot Foggia.

Jaume Masia also made a late bid for the lead but had to settle for third, two tenths off Fenati, while Acosta dropped to fourth position. Fellow rookie Adrian Fernandez joined him in the top five, ahead of the more experienced Niccolò Antonelli and Filip Salac, the duo half a second off top spot. Ayumu Sasaki, Riccardo Rossi and Ryusei Yamanaka rounded out the top 10 placements, with Izan Guevara, Darryn Binder and Carlos Tatay also within one second of the lead. Although he was one of the few riders who could not improve their FP1 times, Stefano Nepa held onto a provisional top 14 placement, while Andrea Migno was the first under the line due to technical issues that limited his running early on.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.026    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.041 0.015 0.015
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.258 0.232 0.217
4 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'48.267 0.241 0.009
5 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'48.375 0.349 0.108
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'48.521 0.495 0.146
7 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'48.540 0.514 0.019
8 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.697 0.671 0.157
9 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.708 0.682 0.011
10 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'48.804 0.778 0.096
11 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'48.812 0.786 0.008
12 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'48.886 0.860 0.074
13 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'48.970 0.944 0.084
14 17 John McPhee Honda 1'49.196 1.170 0.226
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'49.225 1.199 0.029
16 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'49.246 1.220 0.021
17 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'49.289 1.263 0.043
18 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.308 1.282 0.019
19 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'49.314 1.288 0.006
20 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'49.315 1.289 0.001
21 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'49.385 1.359 0.070
22 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'49.424 1.398 0.039
23 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.604 1.578 0.180
24 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'50.078 2.052 0.474
25 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'50.194 2.168 0.116
26 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'50.284 2.258 0.090
27 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'50.693 2.667 0.409
28 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1'51.218 3.192 0.525
Round Number: 
17
2021
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2021 Algarve Moto2 FP1 Result: Gardner Fires The First Shot

The intermediate class returned to a sunny but cool Portimão and the familiar setting was complemented by the familiar sight of the Red Bull KTM Ajo boys at the top of the timing screens throughout the first practice session. Remy Gardner was only briefly demoted from top spot but the championship leader promptly resumed control for the final handful of minutes, ending the morning one hundredth of a second quicker than teammate Raul Fernandez. Aron Canet made a late jump to third place, ahead of Celestino Vietti, the duo only a tenth off top spot.

Hector Garzo joined the top five, while Jake Dixon, Marco Bezzecchi, Stefano Manzi and Fabio Di Giannantonio also posted times within half a second of the leader. Albert Arenas rounded out the top 10, with Cameron Beaubier, Xavi Vierge, Jorge Navarro and Sam Lowes provisionally within the top 14. However, riders all the way down to Fermin Aldeguer’s 19th position were covered by one second on the timesheets. One notable absence amongst the leaders was Augusto Fernandez, the Spaniard tangling with Ai Ogura at turn 1 early on, with only three laps on the board and unable to rejoin the session due to damage to his machine.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.667    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.681 0.014 0.014
3 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.798 0.131 0.117
4 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'43.799 0.132 0.001
5 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.973 0.306 0.174
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'44.044 0.377 0.071
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'44.086 0.419 0.042
8 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'44.135 0.468 0.049
9 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'44.142 0.475 0.007
10 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'44.174 0.507 0.032
11 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'44.177 0.510 0.003
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.194 0.527 0.017
13 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'44.289 0.622 0.095
14 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'44.402 0.735 0.113
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.452 0.785 0.050
16 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'44.462 0.795 0.010
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.515 0.848 0.053
18 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.653 0.986 0.138
19 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'44.681 1.014 0.028
20 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'44.732 1.065 0.051
21 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.751 1.084 0.019
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.920 1.253 0.169
23 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'44.966 1.299 0.046
24 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'45.094 1.427 0.128
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'45.101 1.434 0.007
26 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'45.116 1.449 0.015
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'45.349 1.682 0.233
28 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'45.482 1.815 0.133
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.515 1.848 0.033
30 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'46.570 2.903 1.055
31 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 1'46.965 3.298 0.395
Round Number: 
17
2021
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