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Quartararo won MotoGP Portimao; Miller clatters Mir - as it happened

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2022 - 16:11

Johann Zarco rescued Ducati's crash-heavy Portimao MotoGP weekend by claiming pole from Joan Mir and Aleix Espargaro. 

Without even starting a flying lap, reigning MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo had a moment heading towards turn seven. The Yamaha rider crossed a wet patch which resulted in the rear momentarily coming around. 

Looking to carry on his form from the opening session, Alex Marquez got straight down to business as he set a 1:46.569s - eight tenths clear of Pol Espargaro. 

After setting a lap time nine tenths better than his current provisional pole effort, Marquez was bumped down to third as Joan Mir and Jack Miller went quicker. 

Marquez then went 1.3 seconds quicker than Mir on his third flying lap, before brother Marc made it a Marquez 1-2.

While Mir, Miller and Quartararo all got close to A. Marquez, the LCR Honda rider improved by a further five tenths in what looked like an untouchable time. 

However, Pramac rider Johann Zarco produced a stunning effort out of nowhere to go even better.

After losing provisional pole to Mir, Zarco showed no signs of playing second best, quite the opposite as he went top by five tenths. The same margin that he was beaten by Miller just seconds later.

A. Marquez made it two Honda riders to crash in Q2 after going down on the cooldown lap.

Yellow flags played a huge role in setting the grid, while costing M. Marquez a potential pole.

Not to be outshone by his brother or any other rider for that matter, M. Marquez looked to have pole position in the bag, however, his top time was set under yellow flags and therefore deleted, as was Quartararo’s time after the Frenchman went P2. 

The yellow flags were deployed due to P. Espargaro crashing at the final corner. With the track now back to green flag conditions, Mir looked to have secured his first MotoGP pole before Zarco pipped him as the checkered flag dropped. 

Aleix Espargaro, who was absolutely nowhere all session, managed to claim third with his last lap around.

Garnder and Bagnaia suffered big highsides as early dry tyre gamble backfires in Portimao MotoGP Q1.

UPDATE: On Sunday morning Francesco Bagnaia was declared fit to race. Ducati added: 'He had a good night's sleep and despite [still feeling] a bit of pain, he is ready to join riders on track for the warm-up and the race'.

However, Tech3 KTM rookie Raul Fernandez will not participate after being declared unfit to ride due to a hand injury in Q1 yesterday.

Despite bright sunshine beginning to dry the Portimao circuit, wet tyres were the option to be on.

However, Takaaki Nakagami and rookie Remy Gardner made a bold move to head out on dry tyres, which immediately proved to be the wrong call as Gardner suffered a highside on the entry to turn nine. 

Not to be deterred by that, Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia left pit lane also on dry tyres as he attempted to make it through to Q2. 

But like Gardner, Bagnaia suffered a big highside (turn two) as lessons from what happened to the Tech 3 KTM rider were clearly not being learned. Slow to his feet, Bagnaia was then seen sitting trackside and getting a medical check-up.

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Shoutouts to Rins and Bagnaia as the pair finished fifth and eighth. 


Fabio Quartararo wins the MotoGP of Portimao. What a stunning ride from the world champion. Zarco claims second ahead of Espargaro. 


It's last lap time!


There could still be a change for second as Aleix Espargaro is rapidly closing in on Zarco. 


Bagnaia is now up to ninth, what a ride from the injured Italian. 


A shame for Mir's race to end that way, Miller has since returned to pit lane.


Miller attempted to go down the inside of Mir into turn one but lost the front and subsequently wiped out the 2020 world champion. A sarcastic round of applause was given from Mir before a handshake took place.


What a disaster! Miller has taken Mir out of the race..


Brad Binder has crashed at turn 11. 


Zarco is finally through on Mir. 


Francesco Bagnaia and Rins are both stars of the show alongside Quartararo so far - Rins is up from 20th to sixth, and Bagnaia last to 12th. 


Quartararo watch: It's a near four second lead now. 


Miller is showing really strong pace and is closing in on Mir and Zarco for the podium. 


Takaaki Nakagami has crashed at turn 14. 


Quartararo has also set a new all-time race lap record.


This is as dominating a ride as you could see this season. Quartararo is close to three seconds clear of Mir.


The championship leader is out... Bastianini has gone down at turn eight, what a disaster for the Italian. 


Zarco is still third and finding it a lot more difficult to overtake Mir than Quartararo did. 


Marquez is back ahead of Espargaro after a stunning move into turn 15. 


The battle for ninth is getting very close between Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez. 


Instead of battling Quartararo, it looks like Mir could lose second to Zarco any minute. 


Jorge Martin is out. The Ducati rider has crashed at turn 14.