Algarve MotoGP Practice Results | New Champion Quartararo in control on Friday

New MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo takes charge of proceedings in Friday free practice for the penultimate Algarve MotoGP in Portimao

Fabio Quartararo - Yamaha Factory Racing

New MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo demonstrated no hangovers from his celebrations at Misano by hitting the ground quickest on the first day of free practice for the Algarve MotoGP, the penultimate round of the season at Portimao.

Fresh from becoming the first Frenchman to win either during the 500GP or MotoGP era of motorcycle racing, Quartararo was in fine form around the Portuguese circuit to head up both FP1 and FP2 sessions.

A circuit he dominated at when MotoGP visited earlier in the season, Quartararo headed up his erstwhile closest title challenger Pecco Bagnaia by just under two tenths, with his Ducati team-mate Jack Miller following up in third.

Outgoing champion Joan Mir enjoyed arguably his strongest start to a race weekend this year with a run to fourth on the Suzuki, ahead of Pol Espargaro, the Misano podium winner leading the fight for Repsol Honda in the absence of Marc Marquez.

Johann Zarco rounded out the top six from Alex Marquez, who was joined by Takaaki Nakagami in forming an LCR Honda sandwich for Aleix Espargaro in eighth place.

Alex Rins completed the top ten, ahead of Jorge Martin and Danilo Petrucci, while home hope Miguel Oliveira - who romped to a dominant victory on MotoGP’s inaugural visit to Portimao 12 months ago when it hosted the season finale - was a disappointing 19th.

2021 Algarve MotoGP | Portimao | Free Practice RESULTS

2021 Algarve MotoGP | Portimao | Free Practice RESULTS [FP1 + FP2] | Round 17 / 18
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 39.390
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 39.522
3Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 39.611
4Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 39.680
5Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 39.792
6Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP211m 39.889
7Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 40.042
8Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 40.069
9Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1m 40.122
10Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 40.176
11Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 40.179
12Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 40.225
13Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 40.231
14Maverick VinalesESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprila RS-GP1m 40.284
15Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 40.323
16Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 40.467
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 40.498
18Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 40.700
19Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 40.935
20Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 41.097
21Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 41.174
22Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 41.214