KOMPAS.com – Yamaha Energy Monster racer Fabio Quartararo managed to win the Portugal MotoGP series in 2021.
In the race that took place at the Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal, Fabio Quartararo managed to become the fastest on Sunday (18/4/2021).
In the fourth and fifth position, there are the names of Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) and Brad Binder (KTM).
Meanwhile, the Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez which was just now comeback from injuries in the Portuguese MotoGP race this time finishing seventh.
On the other hand, a MotoGP legend as well as a senior racer Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha) could not end or finish the race after falling on lap 17.
The course of the race
The MotoGP Portugal 2021 begins with a tribute to the former MotoGP racer Fausto Gresini, who died in February because of Covid-19.
Not only MotoGP, F1 also paid tribute to which held the Emilia Romagna GP series at the same time.
Meanwhile, Marc Marquez who returned from his injury started the race from sixth position.
Fabio Quartararo, who started the race from first position, was immediately overtaken by his rivals and slipped to sixth.
At the same time, Johann Zarco took over the lead. He beat Alex Rins and Joan Mir who followed sequentially in second and third place.
Meanwhile, Marc Marquez managed to advance to fourth. However, entering lap 3, Marquez dropped to seventh after being overtaken by three riders at once, namely Fabio Quartararo, Jack Miller, and Aleix Espargaro.
Fierce competition occurred between Johann Zarco and Alex Rins on the fifth lap.
Alex Rins managed to take over the pole position from Johann Zarco. At the same time, Quartararo secured second place.
Jack Miller experienced an unfortunate fate after falling at Turn 3. As a result, Miller, who was originally in sixth place, slumped sharply and could not continue the race.
On the other hand, it was Valentino Rossi who started race from 17th position managed to get close to the top 10.
He is temporarily in 12th position, behind his half sister, Luca Marini.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese MotoGP is not a fun series for Maverick Vinales.
After starting from 12th position, the Monster Energy Yamaha rider was in danger of not getting points because he dropped drastically to 18th.
Lap 9, Quartararo won the competition and returned to lead the race. He is 0.357 seconds over Alex Rins who continues to apply pressure.
Meanwhile, Johann Zarco dropped to fourth behind Joan Mir. However, Johann Zarco broke into the top three after overtaking Joan Mir when he entered lap 15.
Thus, the three leading positions are temporarily occupied by Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins and Johann Zarco.
Marc Marquez stuck in ninth and 2.5 seconds ahead of his younger brother, Alex Marquez (LCR Honda) who was in 10th position.
Lap 17, Valentino Rossi had an accident (crash) at Turn 11 after overtaking Luca Marini.
Rossi’s failure to make Petronas Yamaha SRT now rely only on Franco Morbidelli which is now in fifth place.
Alex Rins, who was trying to catch Quartararo, fell at Turn 5 lap 19. Not long after, it was Johann Zarco’s turn to experience this crash when entering lap 20.
Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo was getting out of reach and almost five seconds ahead of Francesco Bagnaia who was behind him.
Bagnaia himself is competing with Joan Mir for the second podium of the MotoGP Portugal 2021.
Fabio Quartararo also managed to ensure victory in the Portuguese MotoGP in 2021 after crossing the finish line first.
The second podium belongs to Francesco Bagnaia and Joan Mir takes third place.
This is Quartararo’s second win in a row after the Doha MotoGP a few weeks ago.
MotoGP results Portugal 2021
1. Fabio Quartararo
2. Francesco Bagnaia
3. Joan Mir
4. Franco Morbidelli
5. Brad Binder
6. To Espergaro
7. Marc Marquez
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