UPDATE: Jorge Martin 'declared unfit with a head contusion, right hand and ankle contusion. He will be transferred to hospital for further medical checks'.

Quartararo and Yamaha take over at the top during a red-flagged Free Practice 3 for the Portimao MotoGP round.

The session was stopped with four minutes to go in order to treat rookie Martin, who had a big accident on his out-lap at Turn 7. The Qatar pole and podium star was conscious but clearly in a lot of pain and required extensive treatment in the gravel trap before eventually being moved to a waiting ambulance.

A replay of the end of Martin's accident showed the young Spaniard having already fallen from his Pramac Ducati and sliding at high-speed towards the gravel trap, where rider and bike looked to become tanged together as they flipped over multiple times.

Fully dry conditions meant the fastest laps of the weekend so far in FP3, with the top ten riders (combined times) receiving direct access to the second and final part of qualifying.

Among those missing out on the top ten was eight-time world champion Marquez, returning to MotoGP action this weekend after being sidelined for the past nine months due to complications with his broken right arm, which eventually required three operations.

Marquez said he expected to struggle more with the arm today and will be joined in Qualifying 1 by the likes of world champion Mir, Repsol Honda team-mate Espargaro and Petronas Yamaha's Rossi, whose rookie brother Marini had his best MotoGP session so far.

Nakagami struggled with the aftermath of yesterday's heavy accident, especially on his right collarbone and stopped riding after just five laps this morning, shortly after a clash with Morbidelli, before attempting a return later in the session. However the Japanese elected not to take part in the final 4-minute sprint.

More bad news was to follow for LCR  when team-mate Alex Marquez had a huge highside, just in front of brother Marc, after the restart.

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Portimao MotoGP, Portugal - Free Practice (3) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1^1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'39.044s15/18332k
2^17Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.051s15/19335k
3˅2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.073s18/18344k
4^4Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.184s18/18348k
5˅1Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.284s19/20339k
6˅1Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.301s12/17346k
7^6Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.556s17/18340k
8^6Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.646s10/15343k
9=Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.653s14/19335k
10˅3Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.698s22/22331k
11=Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.752s15/20342k
12˅9Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.774s18/19335k
13˅1Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.784s14/19342k
14^1Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.868s21/22336k
15˅9Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.901s21/21339k
16^1Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.152s17/17342k
17^1Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.258s19/19338k
18^2Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.299s17/17341k
19^3Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+2.002s5/12345k
20˅4Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.146s5/17340k
21˅11Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+2.522s4/9333k
22˅1Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.524s19/19336k

Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP2.
= Rider is same position as FP2.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP2.

* Rookie.

Riders directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)
4Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)
5Alex RinsESPSuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
6Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)
7Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia (GP19)*
8Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)
10Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)

Fastest Friday time:
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati 1m 39.866s

(FP2) Official Portimao MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Miguel Oliveira POR KTM 1m 38.892s (2020)
Fastest race lap:
Miguel Oliveira POR KTM 1m 39.855s (2020)

By Peter McLaren
 

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