Enea Bastianini, Qatar MotoGP, 6 March 2022

Portimao MotoGP Friday Free Practice 1 as it happened

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2022 - 14:18

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.  

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Marquez finishes fastest from Mir, Bezzecchi, Johann Zarco and Oliveira. 


Quartararo, Alex Rins, Aleix Espargaro and Enea Bastianini are the big names not to finish inside the top ten. 


But not for long as Marquez sets a stunning time of 1:50.666s - the only rider to set a sub 1m 51s lap.


Wow! Mir goes top!


Marquez is going even quicker on what will be his final lap...


Great lap by Bagnaia as he goes P2 behind Marquez. 


Luca Marini has just gone down at turn eight which is proving to be tricky in wet conditions. 


Martin has replaced Miller as the top Ducati in fourth, while Marquez has just gone quickest. 


Looks like the Australian was asking a bit too much from the front-end of his Ducati. 


Jack Miller has crashed at turn eight. 


Nakagami is back out on his second bike after wrecking his RC213V.


It's not been a good start for last season's Portimao winner Fabio Quartararo. The world champion is down in 17th place. 


The top three of Bezzecchi, Marquez and Oliveira are all within +0.087s with 15 minutes to go. 


Not for the first time this season Marco Bezzecchi is finding pace. The Italian has just gone quickest while most of the field has returned to pit lane. 


That could have been dangerous - Maverick Vinales came close to hitting debris which remains on-track from Nakagami's crash. 


Marquez has just set a 1:52.219s to go quickest from Oliveira and Miller.


It was a big one for the Japanese rider who was able to walk away unhurt. 


Takaaki Nakagami has crashed at turn nine.


It's a factory Ducati 1-2 as Miller has gone quickest.