Zarco (Avintia Ducati) leads day one of the inaugural Portimao MotoGP weekend ahead of Vinales (Monster Yamaha) and Espargaro (Aprilia) as lap times accelerate during the afternoon session.

Rins, Nakagami and then Rossi fell during FP2, the Japanese suffering possible damage to his left hand.

MotoGP is making its Portimao debut with Mir having wrapped up the 2020 title last weekend in Valencia, but six riders still in with a mathematical chance of second in the standings, currently held by Morbidelli.

Suzuki and Ducati are tied at the top of the constructors' standings, with Yamaha also in title contention, 13 points back. If Suzuki clinch the title it would be for the first time since 1982, Ducati for the second time along with 2007, and Yamaha for the first time since 2015.

There is also the possibility of a record 10th different race winner of the season on Sunday.

Iker Lecuona is being forced to miss his third event after a positive Covid test and is being replaced at Tech3 by KTM test rider Kallio.

Bradl is replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez, who won't return until 2021.

Aprilia's Espargaro is the only full-time rider with MotoGP experience at last month's Portimao test, due to the Concession rules. The rest of the MotoGP race riders that attended were using road bikes, but test riders Bradl and Savadori were on grand prix bikes and are present this weekend as replacements.

Friday's FP1 and FP2 practice sessions were extended from 45 to 70-minutes each.

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MotoGP Portugal, Portimao - Free Practice (2) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1^13Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)1'39.417s27/29319k
2=Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.119s29/29320k
3=Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.228s23/25322k
4^4Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.275s31/31314k
5^15Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.280s25/27313k
6^1Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.315s26/26323k
7^5Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.324s28/28331k
8˅3Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.366s27/27321k
9^7Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.403s22/25324k
10^3Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.471s25/25320k
11˅1Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.492s26/28318k
12˅3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.522s22/26313k
13˅12Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.529s29/30325k
14˅8Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.549s26/27313k
15^2Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.560s24/26321k
16˅12Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.668s25/27317k
17˅6Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.796s22/25315k
18˅3Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+0.921s33/33320k
19˅1Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+1.130s25/28322k
20^1Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.839s32/32314k
21˅2Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.862s27/28318k
22=Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.409s28/29315k

Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP1.
= Rider is same position as FP1.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP1.

Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia Ducati (GP19)
2Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
3Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
4Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
5Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)*
6Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
7Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)
8Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)
9Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)
10Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)

* Rookie.
Fastest Portimao MotoGP test time - October:
Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia 1m 40.170s (2020)

By Peter McLaren

 

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