Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo topped the timesheets in FP3 as some of MotoGP’s big names found themselves floundering.
In the all-important FP3 session for this week’s race in Portimao, Quartararo carried the momentum from his win in Qatar to go fastest this morning. The French rider piloted his Yamaha to a session best time of 1m39.044s.
Tucking in behind Quartararo were the rapid Ducati bikes of Pecco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco. Pramac’s championship leader looked at ease with the bike as he was only two tenths off the outright pace.
In total, there were four Ducati bikes in the top eight; both the Pramac riders and factory riders were quick. Jack Miller and Luca Marini looked fast, the Australian only three tenths slower than Quartararo.
Franco Morbidelli broke up the monotony as the Petronas man went second fastest. The young Italian outpaced his legendary teammate Valentino Rossi in the session.
Rossi, Marc Marquez and current champion Joan Mir finished outside the top ten. They will do battle in Q1 later this afternoon.
Lastly, a slew of incidents littered the session as Jorge Martin found the gravel trap. The Doha polesitter is now out of qualifying due to a head contusion he suffered; meanwhile, Alex Marquez suffered a wild high-side on the exit of turn three. Taka Nakagami seemed to suffer some discomfort after his crash yesterday.
Despite the chaos, Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo emerged ahead of the rest. He looks like the man to beat.
Riders through to Q2
- Fabio Quartararo
- Franco Morbidelli
- Pecco Bagnaia
- Johann Zarco
- Alex Rins
- Jack Miller
- Luca Marini
- Aleix Espargaro
- Miguel Oliveira
- Maverick Vinales