11:50 – Our LIVE chronicle of the FP1 MotoGP in Portimao ends here, thank you for following it with us. Appointment at 15:10 for our second LIVE of the day with FP2. Stay Tuned!
11:45 – The 2021 world champion immediately makes a big voice in Portimao, and above all he carries on a beautiful duel with Pecco Bagnaia. Fabio and the Ducati rider took turns at the top of the FP1 standings at Portimao several times, suggesting the possibility of experiencing a good confrontation on the track throughout the weekend.
Third time for Jack Miller, who precedes the Suzuki duo with Rins 4th ahead of Mir. Excellent sixth time for Luca Marini, who closes the virtual second row ahead of Pol Espargarò and Maverick Vinales, really incisive with Aprilia here.
Franco Morbidelli and the other Aprilia are also in the top ten, with Aleix Espargarò finishing in 10th position. Difficult morning for the Petronas team, with Dovizioso finishing 19th and Rossi setting the 22nd and last time of this session.
11:41 – Fabio Quartararo manages to snatch the best time from Bagnaia at the last second, this is the classification of the FP1 in Portimao
11:39 – Small mistake for Luca Marini, who is making himself the protagonist of an excellent session and is now 5th. The Ducati rider was also improving, but he made a mistake in the last sector.
11:38 – Quartararo improves, but remains second behind Bagnaia. Rins is placed in 3rd position, in front of his teammate Mir. Well Suzuki
11:37 – Another good pass by Bagnaia, which does not improve but is confirmed as the fastest ever. Well Joan Mir, who is now 3rd ahead of Pol Espargarò. Quartararo is improving.
11:35 – Less than 4 minutes to the checkered flag, but for now it seems that the riders do not want to mount a soft rear tire to attempt the time attack.
11:33 – Alex Rins on the track who is wearing a beautiful technological innovation on the suit. The Spaniard has in fact a camera mounted on the suit in the left shoulder area, which offers very adrenaline-pumping footage.
11:31 – Bastianini manages to shake off the last position in the standings and climbs to 17th position ahead of Aleix Espargarò. Portimao’s host is not shining, that is Miguel Oliveira who is now 15th.
11:30 – Dovizioso and Rossi are behind in the standings, now 18th and 19th at about 1.8 seconds from the benchmarks of the best.
11:29 – Excellent time for Pol Espargarò, who marks the 3rd time. Meanwhile, Bagnaia continues to push and could further refine its reference.
11:28 – Martìn and Bastianini are at the bottom of the group, the two drivers who are playing for the title of rookie of the year in this season finale. Both are very far from the references of the best.
11:27 – Bagnaia crosses the finish line taking the best time, trimming almost 4 tenths to Fabio Quartararo. The new reference is 1’40’421.
11:25 – This is the ranking when there are 15 minutes to the checkered flag. Soon we will get to the heart of the fight and we will probably see some real time attacks.
11:24 – Morbidelli returns to be seen in front, again third. Vinales in the top ten with 10th time, while Aleix Espargarò is suffering more, who is now 17th ahead of Andrea Dovizioso.
11:22 – Time unfortunately canceled for Luca Marini, who would have scored a time in the top six.
11:21 – Miller meanwhile climbs to third place in the standings behind Quartararo and Bagnaia. Luca Marini is improving a lot, with a red helmet in the first two sectors.
11:20 – Honda is doing well, which currently has three riders in the top ten, while Stefan Bradl is 18th. The German is replacing Marc Marquez, who, following a concussion in training, chose not to race this weekend.
11:18 – Little blunder for Joan Mir, who luckily has no problem continuing. The Spaniard had to abdicate the role of champion in favor of Quartararo and can certainly be considered disappointed for this season in Suzuki.
11:17 – Quartararo takes the lead on Bagnaia. The confrontation continues between the two riders who are probably in better shape than everyone else. Less than three cents between them.
11:15 – Almost all the drivers in this phase returned to the pits after the first contact with the Portuguese track. Vinales is currently 11th with his Aprilia, which he is obviously taking to the track for the first time here in Portimao.
11:13 – Always spectacular slow motion in MotoGP. Fabio Quartararo at work
11:11 – Just under 30 minutes to the checkered flag of FP1, this is the ranking now
11:10 – Quartararo returns second in the standings, with Bagnaia who continues to run scoring some red helmets in the first sectors. The Ducati rider is in great shape in this period, he is using his Ducati better than the other colleagues on the red.
11:09 – Not bad Dovizioso and Rossi, now 12th and 13th and perfectly in the middle of the standings. The veteran duo must perform better in these last two stages of the season.
11:07 – Bagnaia is the first to go under the wall of 1’41 and relegates Quartararo to almost half a second. Pol Espargarò also shows up, now 2nd at about 3 tenths.
11:05 – Red helmets in succession for Bagnaia and Quartararo, who continue to push in this initial phase of the session. Well Morbidelli, who marks the 3rd time.
11:03 – Bagnaia considerably lowers the reference and stops the clock in 1’41’426, this is the ranking now
11:02 – Bagnaia too quickly, but after a while Quartararo arrives and snatches the scene from everyone. All the riders are now using a soft front and a medium rear one.
11:01 – Fluid classification, with Mir who places himself in front of Alex Marquez and Danilo Petrucci, fresh from his first experiences on the sand riding the KTM for the Dakar.
11:00 – The best at the ready is Jack Miller, who sets a time of 1’44’884 on the first passage across the finish line. The Australian is looking for a race as a protagonist here to revive the fortunes of a season characterized by some lights but also many shadows.
10:58 – All the riders immediately took to the track, soon the first references with the riders who are cautious at this stage to better understand the conditions of the track’s asphalt
10:57 – The Diablo dance also begins here in Portimao!
10:56 – Green light, the session in Portugal starts
10:54 – All the fans in the stands obviously cheer for the man of the house, that is a Miguel Oliveira who won the victory here in 2020.
10:50 – Hello and welcome to our LIVE chronicle of the FP1 MotoGP in Portimao. Clear skies, but low temperatures in the Algarve.
Portimao hosts MotoGP for the second time this season, at a different time of the year and therefore with completely different conditions than those found on the first occasion. Even the scenario of the grid has changed a lot, because today there is Fabio Quartararo who will enter the track for the first time as a world champion. and will therefore be able to run without any pressure whatsoever.
A perfect situation for the Frenchman, who between Portimao and Valencia will be able to concentrate solely on sealing a triumphal season with other stage conquests. On the other hand, the Ducati army has a lot to fight for in these two races, given that the Constructors’ title and the one reserved for teams are still up for grabs, with the Borgo Panigale manufacturer vying for both titles. Bagnaia said it during the conference, his hope is to be able to fight in the race with Quartararo and maybe finally experience a direct confrontation on the track that has often been missed this season.
Fabio will be less and less alone on the track riding the Yamaha, because Franco Morbidelli is continuing the recovery path after the injury and in Misano he offered comforting performances on the flying lap. It remains to be seen where his stamina is ahead of the race. Dovizioso and Rossi are also special observers, who are not offering significant performances on the M1 team of Team Petronas.
Our LIVE chronicle of the Portimao MotoGP FP1 will start at 10:50 am, Stay Tuned!