Quartararo claims pole position for the Portimao MotoGP round after Bagnaia loses his best time, and a new lap record, due to yellow flags after a fall for home star Oliveira.

The Ducati rider thus drops all the way down to 11th, while Rins and world championship leader Zarco (who fell at the start of the session) complete the revised front row.

Quartararo admitted it was something of a hollow pole position given Bagnaia's time, although replays confirmed the Italian passed a waved yellow flag, albeit located outside of his clear vision as he leaned his head to the inside of the upcoming corner.

It wasn't just Bagnaia who was left fuming after the session with Vinales down in 12th after losing two laps for triggering the track limits sensors.

Marc Marquez and Mir had advanced through Qualifying 1, where the Repsol Honda rider followed the Suzuki. The #93 then waited until near the end of Qualifying 2 before heading out for a single run... just behind Mir's team-mate Rins, who towed Marquez to a brief high of third, before breaking clear of the Honda.

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.

Takaaki Nakagami was also absent this afternoon due to injuries from FRiday, but hopes to try and ride tomorrow.

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Portimao MotoGP, Portugal - Full Qualifying Results
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'38.862s5/7334k
2Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.089s7/7334k
3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.129s5/6345k
4Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.199s6/8342k
5Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.241s7/7328k
6Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.259s2/3332k
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.307s7/7338k
8Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.524s6/8338k
9Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.536s3/8330k
10Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.583s6/6330k
11Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.620s6/8340k
12Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.945s2/7331k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)1'39.53s3/8338k
14Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1'39.71s7/8334k
15Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)1'39.776s7/8336k
16Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*1'39.855s3/8339k
17Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'39.943s3/8334k
18Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1'40.202s8/8336k
19Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1'40.408s7/8336k
20Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*1'40.444s2/8336k
 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

MotoGP Portugal 2021 | Full QUALIFYING RESULTS | Marc Marquez Grid Position