Colpaccio of Johann Zarco in the time trials of the GP of Portugal, in Portimao, the fifth round of the MotoGP world championship. The Frenchman from Ducati (“I’m very happy, I didn’t expect pole, the choice of tires was difficult”) gives the Pramac team pole position by finishing in 1: 42.003. Joan Mir and the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaró.
Fourth time for Miller who shares the second row with Quartararo and a great Marco Bezzecchi, able to conquer a second row in his fifth MotoGP qualification. Seventh Alex Marquez ahead of Luca Marini and Marc Marquez. Marc was canceled once for taking a yellow flag caused by a crash by Pol Espargarò, who finished 10th. The KTMs of Oliveira and Binder close the group of 12 in Q2.
Bagnaia on the ground about 8 minutes from the end of Q1, bad blow to the right shoulder: he is at the medical center for the first tests. Doctor Michele Zasa, medical director of the Mobile Clinic reassures: «Pecco has a scapula humeral trauma to his right shoulder. It seems that there is nothing else, but he has enough pain, for safety we do a CT scan at the Portimao hospital to rule out fractures ». In the final fall of Bastianini too: violent whip with the right hand.
Zarco: “Today everything went well”
«I didn’t expect it, the conditions weren’t easy, we always rode in the wet and then we mounted the slicks that worked, but the track and the set-up were not easy – says the French -. Today everything went well, we usually struggle to get the tire to work right away, I was worried, but everything went perfectly well. We know we have a lot of potential but we can’t judge it on this pole ».
Steps ahead of Mir
«Under normal conditions we struggle to find a good lap, but with such difficult asphalt it is easier. The feeling has grown more and more since the beginning of the season and the important thing is that it always seems to take steps forward without going backwards. Suzuki is very balanced, qualifying remains one of the weak points in which we have to grow but the growing feeling comforts me. Now we have to try to be even faster in the race, where it won’t be easy: we will have to work a lot in the warm up ».
Espargarò: “The bike is fine”
«It wasn’t easy, I was scared because I saw so many riders fall and when that’s the case it’s never easy. In the first 5 minutes I was trying to understand only which were the most dangerous points to avoid problems, but I tried to find the right feeling in the points where I felt better and it went well. I did a great thing in the morning by entering Q2 directly in the wet, conditions in which the bike is good but I am not very happy. I’m here to fight for the championship, obviously it’s far away and it’s a dream but the bike is fine ».
«Today there have been many bad crashes, for you I started calmly and waited for the end to attack. On my final lap I saw the yellow flag, I slowed down a bit at that point, then when I saw that the danger had passed I pushed again: I had done a good lap, too bad. Let’s say I’m happy with my speed, but not with my starting position, which is not good ».
Quartararo: “I’m happy”
«I was close to attempting another lap for pole, but I am happy with the laps made in general, even those in mixed conditions. With the track that is half dry and partly wet, you need to take the pace, now we see in the warm-up to find the right set-up: we often have a good pace, but if we have someone in front of us we lose time, we consume more rubber and we lose grip ».
Luca Marini took a good 8th place
«I was happy to have passed directly to Q2, but it was not easy for anyone to have never lapped in the dry. In reality I thought I was faster, but I took 1 second from the first and the warm up will be important to define the race set-up ».
«I took a blow to the wrist, a blow to the wrist, but fortunately I have nothing broken: I’m sorry for not having entered Q2 directly, but it must be reset and restarted. The track was in critical conditions and it was a lot of effort, but I didn’t crash because of a puddle of water but because of the cold tire ».
The starting grid of Portimao:
- First row: Johann Zarco, Joan Mir, Aleix Espargaro
- Second row: Jack Miller, Fabio Quartararo, Marco Bezzecchi
- Third row: Alex Marquez, Luca Marini, Marc Marquez
- Fourth row: Pol Espargaro, Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder
- Fifth row: Jorge Martin, Maverick Vinales, Fabio Di Giannantonio
- Sixth row: Andrea Dovisioso, Takaaki Nakagami, Enea Bastianini
- Seventh row: Franco Morbidelli, Remy Gardner, Lorenzo Savadori
- Eighth row: Darryn Binder, Alex Rins, Raul Fernandez
- Ninth row: Francesco Bagnaia
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