Fabio Quartararo celebrated his first victory of the season in Portimão, where he took first place in the MotoGP position. Johann Zarco and Aleix Espargaró completed the podium at the Portuguese GP in 2022.
Suzuki ace Joan Mir took the lead from second place on the net in the first corner, but Yamaha star Fabio Quartararo took over the baton from the fourth round and superiorly got his first win of the season. Only the battle for the other podium places was exciting – including drama as Jack Miller pushed both into the gravel trap in turn 1 while trying to overtake Mir.
In the end, places 2 and 3 went to Pole Johann Zarco (Pramac) and Aprilia ace Aleix Espargaró. The man of the race, however, was Alex Rins, who from 23rd place entered the top 10 in the first round and eventually finished in 4th place. Therefore, the Suzuki Work driver is now in a draw with Quartararo at the top of the championship table, after Enea Bastianini also ended a difficult weekend in the gravel trap.
The entire race can be read in the live ticker from SPEEDWEEK.com.
The votes from the top 3:
Fabio Quartararo: “I pushed myself to the limit. I did that in Argentina and Austin too, but the bike felt particularly good here and just isn’t that long. We had a grip and knew that today was ‘hammer time’. Already in the warm-up I felt good and I had a good start to the race. I had to start aggressively right away, because if we had been behind a Ducati, we would have had serious problems. Finally, the first win of the season, it makes me super happy. “
Johann Zarco: “I am very impressed with Fabio because he was so strong in the beginning. I then had to motivate myself a bit, I said to myself, try to overtake. With the fresh tire I felt good, it was very important. Joan put a lot of pressure on Mir, but I was able to keep my pace well behind him. When Jack came close, there were not many rounds left. I tried to overtake Mir and wanted to secure second place. Joan and Jack dropped out of the race, but then Aleix came and made life difficult for me. I gave a little more on the last lap and it paid off. A French victory, unfortunately not me again. “
Aleix Espargaró: “We had problems with the clutch and that was why the start was very bad. After that I lost a lot of time with Alex Márquez, just like he in Mandalika drives across the border, he drove into me three times. We only lose time with something like that, but it’s racing. I tried to get in front as fast as possible and was extremely fast. Fabio was on another planet, I thought I could fight for second place, but eventually my deck was destroyed. I’m very happy with the podium, we were able to fight with the best riders again. “
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MotoGP result, Portimão (April 24):
1. Quartararo, Yamaha, 25 laps in 41: 39.611 min.
2. Zarco, Ducati, + 5,409 sec
3. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +6,068
4. Rins, Suzuki, +9,633
5.Oliveira, KTM, +13.573
6. Marc Marquez, Honda, +16.163
7. Alex Marquez, Honda, +16.183
8. Bagnaia, Ducati, +16,511
9. Pol Asparagus, Honda, +16,769
10. Vinales, Aprilia, +18,063
11. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +29.029
12. Marini, Ducati, +29,249
13. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +33.354
14. Gardner, KTM, +40,205
15. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +46.052
16. Nakagami, Honda, +49.569
17. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +50.303
– Savadori, Aprilia, 1 round down
– Di Giannantonio, Ducati, 4 laps down
Mir, Suzuki, 7 laps left
– Miller, Ducati, 7 laps down
– Brad Binder, KTM, 8 laps down
– Bastianini, Ducati, 16 laps behind
– Martin, Ducati, 21 laps behind
Championship status after 5 of 21 Grand Prix:
1. Quartararo 69 points. 2 Rins 69 3 Aleix Espargaró 66 4 Bastianini 61 5 Zarco 51 6 Mir 46 7 Binder 42 8 Oliveira 39 9 Miller 31 10 Bagnaia 31 11 Marc Marquez 31 12 Pol Espargaró 30 1 4 5 1bid Martín 30 14 Martin 30 1 5 1 5 1 5 Marquez 13 18 Nakagami 12 19 Bezzecchi 8 19 20 Dovizioso 8 21. Darryn Binder 6. 22. Gardner 3.
Ducati 106 points. 2. KTM 70. 3. Suzuki 70. 4. Yamaha 69. 5. Aprilia 67. 6. Honda 44.
1. Suzuki Ecstar 115 points. 2nd Aprilia Racing 91st 3rd Monster Energy Yamaha 86th 4th Red Bull KTM Factory 81st 5th Pramac Racing 79th 6th Ducati Lenovo 62nd 7th Gresini Racing MotoGP 61st 8th Repsol Honda 61st 9 LCR-Honda 10/25 Racing 10/25 Mooney VR46 12 Tech3 KTM Factory 3