Marc Marquez showed his speed on Saturday in Portugal, setting a lap strong enough to challenge for pole position – unfortunately yellow flags saw the lap cancelled and he will line up ninth, one position ahead of Pol Espargaro for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Weather was once again a major player in the day’s action in the Algarve as morning rain was replaced by a drying track and strong sun in the afternoon. Marc Marquez was comfortable in all conditions and looked set to put on a classic Marquez performance for pole in Q2, expertly navigating the still drying track. Moving to the top of the time sheets with a 1’42.295 as the session neared its end, the lap time would unfortunately be removed due to yellow flags on track. As a result, the #93 will start from ninth position on the grid with a best lap time of 1’43.575.

Free Practice 3 at the start of the day was again plagued with rain showers and saw just a handful of riders able to improve on their best overall times. Having done the heavy lifting on Friday, both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro were able to maintain their places in the combined top ten. Unfortunately, during the morning session, Marquez suffered a crash at Turn 8 but was unharmed. Both Marquez and Espargaro sat out the closing stages of the session as the weather worsened.

Espargaro was quickly able to get up to speed on the drying track in Q2 and post competitive times. Electing to stay out for the entire 15-minute session to better understand the conditions, the #44 was pushing hard on his final lap to earn a spot in the top five but suffered a fall at the final corner when he hit a wet patch. Unharmed in the fall, Espargaro was left hugely frustrated with his final qualifying result of tenth place as both he and the team believed he had much more potential.

Alex Marquez took top Honda honours with a well-earned seventh place having led the majority of Q2 on his LCR Honda machine

Lining up in successive grid positions, the Repsol Honda Team pair will be looking to make the most of the fast-starting Honda RC213V to make up places early in the race. As Marquez showed last race in Austin, the potential is there to come through the field no matter what. Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 13:00 Local Time and will run over 25 laps.

Marc Marquez

Ninth 1'43.575

“Today we were unlucky with the yellow flag, I was waiting until the last moments to push and do my fastest lap because I knew that the track would keep improving. But these things can happen, today it impacted my lap time but tomorrow it could affect another rider. The most important point is that the speed is there even if the result was not and we start ninth. Of course, it’s not what we would like but it could be worse. Tomorrow in Warm Up we need to understand the level and try to understand tyre choice, setup and a few other things. No one really knows who is fastest or what will happen in the dry.”

Pol Espargaro

Tenth 1'43.832

“It was a difficult situation for everyone, but I think we had good speed today and I think our position was on the second row, maybe in fourth or fifth. I made a mistake in the last corner, and I went over a wet patch and lost the front right at the end. It’s a pity because we were getting faster, and the conditions were improving and then I missed the last chance where all the other riders improved. We had a real opportunity to be on the second row tomorrow, but we missed it, tomorrow is the race and all we can do is go for it. The bike is feeling good and tomorrow morning we have an opportunity to keep working on it before the race.”

MotoGP 2022
Qualifying Round 5   Portugal

Qualifying Results - Portuguese Grand Prix

Dry
Humidity
69%
Track Temp
14°C
Air Temp
16°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'42.003
2 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.195
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.232
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.500
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.713
6 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.713
7 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.900
8 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.176
9 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.572
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.829
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.063
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.707
13 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.620 Q1
14 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 3.016
15 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 3.323
16 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 3.379
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 3.573
18 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 4.302
19 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 4.386
20 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 4.637
21 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 4.992
22 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 5.323
23 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 5.984
24 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 7.287
25 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati No Time Set
Location Information

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has 15 corners – nine right, six left. The undulation in Portimao is incredible and the front straight will allow the MotoGP™ riders to really stretch the legs of their machines, before a unique downhill descend into Turn 1. There’s a reason it gets called… read more.

Length 4.592 km
Width 14m
Left Corners 6
Right Corners 9
Longest Straight 969 m
Constructed 2008

Records

Pole Position 1'38.725 (167.4Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)
Race Lap 1'39.435 (166.2Km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2022)
Race Time 41'39.611 (165.3km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2022)
2022 Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)