Marc Marquez, Portuguese MotoGP, 22 April

Portimao MotoGP - Friday Free Practice Two as it happened

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2022 - 16:05

Round five of the 2022 MotoGP world championship heads to the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal. 

Still looking for their first victory of the year are reigning MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo, Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez. 

All three were the most successful riders when it came to race wins in 2021, however, the trio haven’t looked close to replicating that in 2022, instead Enea Bastianini is the in-form man after taking his second win from four races in Austin last time out. 

For Marquez, Portimao presents the opportunity to build upon his incredible comeback ride at COTA, where a technical issue at the start relegated him to the back. 

But in typical Marquez style, the eight-time world champion produced overtake after overtake in order to claim sixth, finishing one place ahead of Quartararo. 

Speaking of the Yamaha rider, Quartararo is the most recent winner at Portimao after dominating the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. 

Despite pressure from Alex Rins during that race, Quartararo’s pace was too much for the Suzuki rider to handle as he crashed out with seven laps to go. 

The only other rider to win at Portimao in MotoGP is home hero Miguel Oliveira. The factory KTM rider trounced the field during the 2020 race, while Franco Morbidelli and Jack Miller fought it out for second spot - Morbidelli came away with P2. 

Looking to bounce back from a somewhat disappointing American Grand Prix will be Aprilia’s first-ever MotoGP race winner Aleix Espargaro and team-mate Maverick Vinales, after both riders showed podium pace during practice. 

So far there have been three different winners and ten different podium finishers in 2022, but will those numbers continue to grow? Stay tuned as brings you all the latest updates from the 2022 Portuguese Grand Prix.  

Update: Marc Marquez was fastest in a wet FP1 ahead of Joan Mir and Marco Bezzecchi

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That's it for MotoGP FP2 at Portimao. Pol Espargaro finishes fastest from Marc Marquez and Dovizioso. 


Johann Zarco is the latest Ducati rider to crash - turn two for the Frenchman.


It appears as though Quartararo will need a big FP3 if he's to advance automatically to Q2 - six minutes to left of FP2. 


Espargaro's lead over Marquez is six tenths, while a full second to Dovizioso in third. 


Gosh it's very wet out there which is why lap times aren't improving with 11 minutes to go. 


Jack Miller looks very frustrated after returning to his garage - Ducati rider is only 17th at present. 


Another rider who's continuing to struggle is Alex Rins - the Suzuki rider is P20 with just over 20 minutes to go.


It's a highside for the Ducati rider who then barrel rolled through the gravel. He's back to his feet though. 


Big, big crash for Bezzecchi at turn nine. 


Andrea Dovizioso is so far having his best session of the season. The Yamaha rider has just gone third fastest. 


After struggling in FP1, Fabio Quartararo is still outside the top ten while team-mate Franco Morbidelli is currently seventh. 


It's a Repsol Honda 1-2 as Marquez is now second being Pol. 


Slow to get up to speed in FP1, Pol Espargaro is currently quickest in FP2. 


Nothing the Italian could do about that as he lost the front immedaitely after applying the brakes. 


Francesco Bagnaia is down at turn three...


That was close between former teammates Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales. The Aprilia rider had to pull out of an overtake as the Yamaha rider failed to see Vinales on the inside of turn five. 


And we're underway! 


Welcome back to day-one of the Portimao MotoGP. FP2 is coming up in one minutes time.