Johann Zarco leads Qualifying 1 for the Algarve MotoGP at Portimao and will be joined by Iker Lecuona in progressing to the Q2 pole position shootout, where they will meet the ten fastest riders after third practice.

The others will start, in the following order, from 13th on the grid onwards.

Brad Binder slid off at the hairpin early in the session and was lucky not to be clipped by Danilo Petrucci, just behind him. Both Binder and KTM team-mate Oliveira, the home hero and 2020 race winner, couldn't challenge for the top two places...

Algarve MotoGP, Portimao - Qualifying (1) Results
1Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)
2Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)
3Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)
4Aleix EspargaroITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
5Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)
6Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)
8Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
9Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)
10Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)
11Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
12Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)

* Rookie

Official Portimao MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 38.862s (2021)
Fastest race lap:
Alex Rins SPA Suzuki 1m 39.450s (2021)

By Peter McLaren