MotoGP: Portuguese Grand Prix Results
The third round of the MotoGP World Championship has finished, this is what happened.
I will start with Honda due to the return of the 8-time World Champion, Marc Marquez. Marc had a sensational qualifying as he started the race from 6th place on the grid. Marc knew he would 'suffer' during the race due to the lack of strength in his muscles on his right arm. However, due to crashes in the top 10 it allowed Marc to keep himself in the top 10 as he finished in a very respectable 7th place. His teammate, Pol Espargaro had a rear brake failure on his Repsol Honda and had to retire from the race after only 4 laps.
Over in the LCR Honda garage they had a better weekend than they had at either Qatar races. Alex Marquez managed to finish just over 4 seconds behind his brother as he crossed the line in 8th place. The Japanese LCR Honda rider, Takaaki Nakagami, had a monstrous crash on Friday but he soldiered on and finished the race today in 10th place. LCR Honda looked much better today.
The home hero Miguel Oliveira was expected to do big things this weekend at Portimao. But after qualifying down in 10th place it was obvious it just was not going to be his weekend. Miguel crashed during the race, but managed to remount his bike, however he finished in 16th place and was a lap down. I am sure Portuguese hearts were shattered today. The other Red Bull KTM Factory racer, Brad Binder, had a stellar race today as he bought his RC16 home in 5th place, which was mega after starting 15th.
Tech 3 had a better weekend today as both riders scored points. Danilo Petrucci finished 13th place and Iker Lecuona finished in 15th. Both riders still looked to lack the pace and were fortunate with the crashes, but points are points at the end of the day.
Factory Ducati have a new Italian hero! This is of course Francesco Bagnaia, this man is something special as he finished 2nd place today. Bagnaia now sits 2nd place in the World Championship. His race was a true showing of his class as he fought from 11th on the grid. Jack Miller continues his treacherous results throughout 2021. Jack crashed out of the race today after only 5 laps, he was in 5th place before the crash and looked to have good pace.
Over in Pramac it was a disappointing day. The ex-World Championship leader, Johann Zarco crashed out of the race today with 6 laps to go. It was heart breaking today to see Zarco fold the front of his Pramac Ducati. Over on the other side of the garage there was no Jorge Martin, this was due to massive crash that he had in practice.
Avintia and VR46 Ducati have had good races today with their rookies. Enea Bastianini finished the race today in 9th place, further proving he is a better racer than qualifier. Luca Marini however, seemed to be the opposite as he started from 8th place but finished in 12th place.
Alex Rins continues to show that he has not got the consistency to challenge for a World Championship. After two impressive results at Qatar, it seemed like Rins could get a podium today, he also started from 2nd place which gave him a huge boost. But while fighting with the leader, at a pace that Alex had not reached all weekend, he lost the front end and sent his Suzuki into the gravel.
The reigning World Champion, Joan Mir, gets his first podium of 2021 as he finished 3rd place today. The young Spaniard seemed to keep his cool and settle for a 3rd place as Bagnaia kept rocketing away from him down the straight.
Aleix Espargaro finished in a mighty 6th place today on the Aprilia, he is truly showing that this Aprilia has made a good step so far this year. Lorenzo Savadori claims his first MotoGP points as he finished in 14th place.
The race winner Fabio Quartararo ran dominant today! 'El Diablo' showed his class today as he takes over at the top of the World Championship after he got pole position and his second race win in 2021. The ride was very much like a prime Jorge Lorenzo rider, as he got out to the front and just held his pace throughout the 25-lap race. The other Monster Energy Yamaha rider, Maverick Vinales, did shambolic today. The normal Vinales returned as he had a disastrous start as he dropped down to last place on the first lap. However, Maverick's usual late race pace returned as he finished up in 11th place.
Over in the Petronas Yamaha Team it was a good day for Franco Morbidelli. The only Yamaha rider not on the 2021 chasis is Franco and he showed why he deserves a Factory spec bike today. Morbidelli started in 5th place and managed to hold his own today as he finished the race off in 4th place, just behind the podium finishers. However, on the other side of the garage it was a horrendous day for Valentino Rossi. He started off in 17th place and looked to be nowhere. Rossi fought up to 11th place today, but he did crash out with 11 laps to go. Is retirement the only option left for 'The Doctor'?
Here are the full results from the MotoGP race!
The World Championship leader, Sam Lowes, crashed out at turn 1 on lap 1 which was a disaster start!
The Moto2 rookie, Raul Fernandez, won his first Moto2 race today! This lad is going to MotoGP in the coming years!
Aron Canet claims his first Moto2 podium as he finished in 2nd. Remty Gardner takes the lead of the Moto2 Championship as he finished in 3rd place.
The rookie, Pedro Acosta, gets his second Moto3 win in 3 races! What a superstar this young man seems to be!
On the podium was the Leopard rider, Dennis Foggia, in second place. In third was Andrea Migno as he claimed a deserved podium.