MotoGP: Quartararo takes pole in Portugal

Francesco Bagnaia had his pole lap deleted for a yellow flag infringement in a dramatic MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying, that promoted Fabio Quartararo to pole.

The Ducati rider smashed the old lap record with a 1m38.494s on his final lap, but a crash by Miguel Oliveira brought out the yellow flags and cost Bagnaia his lap.

Returning six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez was fastest in Q1 and will start his first race in nine months from the back of the second row in sixth, while Aleix Espargaro heads row three on the Aprilia.

Qualifying Results

1 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m38.862s
2 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.089s
3 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP21) +0.129s
4 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Team (GP21) +0.199s
5 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.241s
6 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.259s
7 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +0.307s
8 Luca Marini ITA Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)* +0.524s
9 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.536s
10 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.583s
11 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Team (GP21) +0.620s
12 Maverick ViƱales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.945s
Qualifying 1:
13 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m39.53s
14 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m39.71s
15 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) 1m39.776s
16 Enea Bastianini ITA Avintia Ducati (GP19) 1m39.855s
17 Valentino Rossi ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m39.943s
18 Danilo Petrucci ITA KTM Tech3 (RC16) 1m40.202s
19 Iker Lecuona SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16) 1m40.408s
20 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m40.444s
21 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) No Time