The only Official 2022 pre-season test for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes began in Portimao on Saturday morning.

Testing takes place over three days, from 10am to 6pm, with each class having three 70-minute track sessions per day.

Augusto Fernandez was the rider to beat in Sessions 1 and 2 of the Moto2 action, reaching a best of 1m 43.258s, with rookie team-mate and reiging Moto3 champion Pedro Acosta slotting into a close second place.

However, both Ajo riders were among those to sit out the final session, when Aspar's Jake Dixon set the fastest lap of the day.

“Overall I'm very happy with how today went,! said Dixon. "I have achieved my fastest lap on this circuit. It's business as usual, when you're not focused on getting a lap time, it comes along. I am also very happy with the team; we continue to work hard and we have found small improvements between the second and third sessions that have allowed us to ride better. I have to try to make fewer mistakes to continue improving.”

Fernandez, who eventually slipped to third overall behind Dixon and Aron Canet after skipping the final session, said: "I am happy with this first day, because my hand feels better and we have been able to make progress. I felt fairly good with the base setup that we had from Jerez. We worked as if it were a Grand Prix weekend, looking for the best setup for the bike according to the track conditions, and we have been able to try out some things. I am improving every time I go out on track, and I want to continue like this."

Rookie Acosta, fourth overall, added: "We have had a good start on the first day of testing in Portimao. We needed a few laps to understand the circuit with a Moto2 bike, as it is different compared to Moto3. However, we felt good, we have taken a step forward and we have got back the same feeling that we had at Jerez. For the next two days we will continue testing things to draw conclusions for Qatar."

2022 Portimao Moto2 test times, Saturday - Session 3
PosRiderTeamTime
1Jake DixonGASGAS Aspar Team1'43.169s
2Aron CanetFlexbox HP40+0.075s
3Albert ArenasGASGAS Aspar Team+0.412s
4Joe RobertsItaltrans Racing Team+0.451s
5Fermín AldeguerSpeed Up Racing+0.486s
6Celestino ViettiVR46 Racing Team+0.585s
7Marcel SchrotterLiqui Moly Intact GP+0.671s
8Jorge NavarroFlexbox HP40+0.702s
9Tony ArbolinoELF Marc VDS Racing Team+0.770s
10Bo BendsneyderPertamina Mandalika SAG Team+0.968s
11Marcos RamirezMV Agusta Forward Team+1.067s
12Alessandro ZacconeGresini Racing Moto2+1.528s
13Lorenzo Dalla PortaItaltrans Racing Team+1.553s
14Manuel GonzalezYamaha VR46 Master Camp Team+1.577s
15Romano FenatiSpeed Up Racing+1.667s
16Jeremy AlcobaLiqui Moly Intact GP+1.727s
17Barry BaltusRW Racing GP+1.850s
18Filip SalacGresini Racing Moto2+1.940s
19Keminth KuboYamaha VR46 Master Camp Team+2.530s
20Niccolò AntonelliVR46 Racing Team+2.582s
21Gabriel RodrigoPertamina Mandalika SAG Team+2.905s
22Simone CorsiMV Agusta Forward Team+3.028s
23Zonta Van Den GoorberghRW Racing GP+3.916s
 Ai OguraIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaNo Time
 Sean KellyAmerican RacingNo Time
 Cameron BeaubierAmerican RacingNo Time
 Sam LowesELF Marc VDS Racing TeamNo Time
 Somkiat ChantraIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaNo Time
 Augusto FernandezRed Bull KTM AjoNo Time
 Pedro AcostaRed Bull KTM AjoNo Time

Portimao Moto2 lap records:
Best lap:
Remy Gardner AUS Kalex 1m 42.447s (2021)
Fastest race lap:
Remy Gardner AUS Kalex 1m 42.504s (2020)