Vinales tops opening MotoGP practice in Portugal

Marc Marquez is back.  Third fastest already after missing so many MotoGP races due to a severe fracture of his arm in a racing accident last year.

However, the story of the first morning at Portimao was Maverick Vinales who set a time of 1m42.127s in FP1 at the Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal to claim top spot in the opening 45-minute session of the weekend.

The Spaniard beat second place Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) by 0.151s with Marquez just 0.251s away in P3 – incredibly impressive from the number 93.

Practice 1 Results

1 Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m42.127s
2 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.151s
3 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.251s
4 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.255s
5 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP21) +0.316s
6 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Team (GP21) +0.337s
7 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.401s
8 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Team (GP21) +0.409s
9 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.654s
10 Danilo Petrucci ITA KTM Tech3 (RC16) +0.830s
11 Valentino Rossi ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.886s
12 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.909s
13 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.933s
14 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +1.116s
15 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* +1.412s
16 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP21)* +1.575s
17 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) +1.873s
18 Luca Marini ITA Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)* +2.475s
19 Iker Lecuona SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16) +2.840s
20 Enea Bastianini ITA Avintia Ducati (GP19)* +3.198s
21 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +3.208s
22 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +5.647s