Oliveira takes his first MotoGP pole at home in Portimao.

Morbidelli and Miller complete the front row, with Crutchlow starting fourth for his final race as a full-time MotoGP rider.

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.

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MotoGP Portugal, Portimao - Full Qualifying Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)1'38.892s7/8338k
2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.044s7/8331k
3Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.146s7/8345k
4Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.264s5/7339k
5Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.307s6/8333k
6Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.312s6/8340k
7Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.346s8/8343k
8Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.368s6/8332k
9Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.392s8/8335k
10Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.575s7/7338k
11Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.639s8/8334k
12Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.695s7/8344k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*1'39.39s8/8336k
14Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'39.762s3/8340k
15Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)1'40.019s7/8341k
16Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*1'40.049s3/8343k
17Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'40.058s6/8335k
18Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)1'40.091s6/8343k
19Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'40.174s6/7339k
20Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1'40.29s2/8331k
21Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)1'40.427s8/8344k
22Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)1'41.753s8/8338k

* Rookie.
Official Portimao MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jack Miller AUS Ducati 1m 39.205s (2020)

By Peter McLaren

 

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