Race Day Guide – MotoGP Portugal

Johann Zarco has qualified on pole for the first time since Germany last year and the seventh time in MotoGP. He moves up above Christian Sarron into second place on the list of French riders with most pole positions in the class behind Fabio Quartararo (16).

Joan Mir has qualified second as the top Suzuki. This is Mir’s best qualifying in the premier class and his third front row start along with Styria in 2020 (following Zarco’s penalty) and Algarve last year when he was third.

In addition, with Mir in second, this is the best qualifying result for Suzuki since Alex Rins was also second at the Portuguese GP last year.

Aleix Espargaro has qualified third which is his second time so far this he qualified within the top three along with Argentina when he was on pole position and went on to win.

Jack Miller has qualified fourth which is the fourth successive time he qualified within the top four on the Algarve. He finished twice on the podium at the track: P2 at the 2020 Portuguese GP and P3 last year in Algarve.

Winner at the Portuguese GP last year from pole, Fabio Quartararo has qualified fifth as the top Yamaha rider. This is Quartararo’s second-best result so far this season after Indonesia when he was on pole position.

Marco Bezzecchi has qualified sixth for the best qualifying result of his rookie season so far. His best MotoGP race result so far is P9 in Argentina.

After passing through Q1, Alex Marquez has qualified seventh (despite a crash at the end of Q2) for his best qualifying result since he stepped up to MotoGP in 2020.

Luca Marini, who also passed through Q1, has qualified eighth for his second-best qualifying result so far this season after Argentina, when he was third. He finished 12th last year on the Algarve, twice.

Marc Marquez has qualified ninth (after his lap time was cancelled at the end of Q2) for the second successive time after Austin. He finished seventh last year at the Portuguese GP, which is his only race in MotoGP at the track.

Winner at the 2020 Portuguese GP from pole, Miguel Oliveira has qualified 11th for his second-best qualifying result so far this season after Indonesia, when he was seventh and took the win.

On pole last time out in Austin and on the front row since Valencia last year, Jorge Martin failed to join Q2 and qualified 13th for his worst result since he was 14th at the Dutch TT last year.

Championship leader Enea Bastianini crashed in Q1 and qualified 18th for his worst qualifying result since he was also 18th last year in Valencia.

Winner last year at the Algarve GP from pole, Francesco Bagnaia crashed in Q1 and qualified last (25th) for his worst qualifying result since he stepped up to MotoGP in 2019.

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