Quartararo stays fastest during final practice for the Portimao MotoGP round.

Pol Espargaro had a big highside from his Repsol Honda through the ultra-fast final corner but was eventually able to walk away with some assistance from the marshals. Espargaro joins fellow RCV riders Nakagami and Alex Marquez in suffering a big accident this weekend.

Qualifying 1 - for those outside the top ten after third free practice, including Marc Marquez, Mir and Rossi - will now get underway.

Eight-time world champion Marquez is returning to MotoGP action for the first time since July 25, having been sidelined for the past nine months due to complications with his broken right arm, which eventually required three operations.

Rookie star Jorge Martin, on pole position and the podium in Qatar, has been ruled out of the remainder of the weekend after suffering a head contusion, plus right hand and ankle contusions during a big accident in the closing stages of FP3.

Nakagami also did not take part in FP4 as he continues to struggle with his right collarbone after yesterday's fast accident and is set to skip qualifying.

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Portimao MotoGP, Portugal - Free Practice (4) Results
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'39.788s12/15328k
2Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.268s6/15332k
3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.285s11/13343k
4Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.287s16/16327k
5Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.323s12/14340k
6Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.336s11/13326k
7Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.380s15/15339k
8Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.385s7/18344k
9Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.409s12/15335k
10Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.432s8/15334k
11Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.516s7/14336k
12Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.670s9/14333k
13Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.727s6/7338k
14Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.728s13/13338k
15Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.831s7/16333k
16Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.869s11/13334k
17Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.977s10/15336k
18Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.021s11/13339k
19Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+1.569s3/10334k
20Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.842s5/13338k
 Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)No Time0/00

* Rookie.
Fastest Practice time:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 39.044s

(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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