Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) won the MotoGP Portuguese GP and is the leader of the overall standings after the first weekend of the season. Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) and Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) accompanied him on the podium at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.
Johann Zarco (Ducati), Álex Márquez (Ducati), Brad Binder (KTM), Jack Miller (KTM), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and Álex Rins (Honda) completed the Top 10 in Portimao.
The next round of the MotoGP World Championship will take place next week in Argentina, at the Autódromo Internacional de Termas de Río Hondo.
Difficult race for Repsol Honda Team
Marc Márquez, who took pole position and third position in yesterday’s sprint race, was unable to finish the Sunday race due to an incident with Miguel Oliveira on the third lap.
Joan Mir, had to serve a long lap penalty for an incident with Fabio Quartararo in the sprint race and finished his first Grand Prix with the Repsol Honda Team in 11th position.
Race results: Portuguese GP (25 laps)
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||41:25.401|
|2. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+0.687|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||+2.726|
|4. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+8.060|
|5. Jack Miller||KTM||+8.125|
|6. Brad Binder||KTM||+8.247|
|7. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||+8.381|
|8. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+8.543|
|9. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+9.294|
|10. Álex Rins||HONDA||+11.591|
|11. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+16.992|
|20. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||DNF|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||37|
|2. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||25|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||16|
|4. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||15|
|5. Jack Miller||KTM||15|
|6. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||12|
|7. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||11|
|8. Brad Binder||KTM||10|
|9. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||9|
|10. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||8|
|11. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||7|
|13. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
“First of all I want to say that I am very sorry to Oliveira, his team and the Portuguese fans because it was his race. I did a really big mistake today, of course it was not my intention to have this happen, my intention was not even to overtake Martin at that point, but I had a massive lock with the front. Maybe the hard front was not fully up to temperature, I released the brakes and the bike went inside. I avoided Martin but made contact with Oliveira. I straight away went over to Miguel and then in the medical center I went to check on him – fortunately it looks like he is OK and this is the most important thing. On my side I have some pain in my right hand and with my knee but this is not so important at the minute. I fully accept and respect the penalty of the double long-lap during the Argentina GP because I did a mistake.”
“The crash from yesterday impacted today a lot, not just because of the long lap penalty. If I was able to finish the Sprint race I would have had a lot more understanding of the bike because today’s race was the first time I was able to do more than ten laps in a row on the bike. This meant I spent a lot of today learning, so from this side today was a positive because I understood more. I still need more time to improve how I am riding and how the bike is behaving, especially to get the most out of the tyre over the race. With a bit more knowledge we could have made a very good race, but I am happy to have the experience now.”