victory and leadership. 2nd Zarco, then Aprilia. 8 ° Bagnaia


PORTIMAO – Yamaha’s French Fabio Quartararo won the Portuguese Grand Prix, the fifth round of the MotoGP season. A race dominated that of Quartararo from the start. Battle only for second position with Johann Zarco (Ducati) which climbs on the podium together with Aleix Espargaro, third with his Aprilia. They complete the Top 5 Rins (Suzuki) and the landlord Oliveira (KTM).

Important points in terms of ranking for Marc Marquez (Honda), who closes in front of his brother Alex, e Francesco Bagnaia, eighth with Ducati. Although he started from the bottom, in the end Pecco Bagnaia is the best Italian in Portimao. Dovizioso (11th), Marini (12th), Morbidelli (13th) and Bezzecchi also scored points. Many falls on all those of Mir and Miller with the Australian overwhelming the Spaniard and both end up on the ground. Also forced to retire Enea Bastianiniwho loses the lead of the general classification, and Jorge Martin.

Quartararo: “Amazing Yamaha”

«I pushed myself to the limit, I also did it in Austin and Argentina but here the bike was excellent also because the straight is not that long – says the Yamaha Frenchman -. I had already done well in the warm up, then in the race it was even better: it was important to take the first win of the season and now I don’t have to give up. The bike is fine, it was amazing: there is no power, but here we had the opportunity to make a great line, especially after the descent, but I’m happy and we have a great base for Jerez ».

Zarco: “We are in the running for the world championship”

«I’m quite happy, Fabio Quartararo’s speed impressed me at the start, while mine was not a great start – says the Frenchman -. I gave myself great motivation in the race, I had a great feeling with the tires and then I checked the pace, but I couldn’t take Quartararo and then I looked for the attack on Mir and then I saw that he touched with Miller …. On the last lap I concentrated on keeping the gap with Aleix, but in the end it was hard to keep the lead until the end. The world? We can’t race without believing it, almost everyone has the ability to stay on the podium and if you go there always it’s obvious that you are in the race ».

Espargaro: “We fight with the best”

«I tried everything, I lost time at the start, then I tried to return and gave everything – says the Spaniard from Noale -. I was hoping for 2nd place at the end, but I destroyed the rear tire: it was a consistent race because I was always fighting with the best. I’m happy, but we need to improve the clutch, we need a different setting because I lost a lot at the start, but my pace surprised even myself: in the end I tried to pass Zarco but I didn’t have traction, but I had a strong pace and it was strong perfect. The ranking? It is a different situation for me to fight for the championship but I am calm and happy to be almost at the top of the world championship ».

Bagnaia: “My feeling with the bike was incredible”

«Our goal today was to be able to finish eighth and we did, so we can be happy. It wasn’t easy, but both my team and Clinica Mobile did a great job, putting me in a position to compete. At the start I tried to feel comfortable, but it wasn’t easy. Then luckily I was able to find my pace and my feeling with the bike was incredible even though we had little time to test in the dry. I am satisfied with the result and now I will try to rest and recover as much as possible in view of Jerez ».

The ranking

In general, now, behind the duo Quartararo-Rins and Espargaro, Bastianini remains 4th at an altitude of 61, with Johann Zarco 5th at 51 and Mir in turn stopped at an altitude of 46, while Bagnaia catches Miller at an altitude of 31, the same points also of Marc Marquez.


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