After four helter skelter opening rounds, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro are searching for consistency and calm in Portimao.
The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal will open the European leg of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship season. So far it has been a year which has been anything but predictable and the Repsol Honda Team are aiming to take back control. This will be the fourth race held in Portimao since the circuit joined the calendar in 2020, each edition has so far produced a diffrent winner.
In 2021, Portimao marked the return of Marc Marquez to competition after his 2020 injury. He then put on a heroic performance to ride to seventh while still recovering. In 2022, the eight-time World Champion has his target set higher as he looks to put together a weekend without issues or complications. The Americas GP proved without any doubt that Marquez’s incredible speed has not gone anywhere, and he will be a threat at each and every round. Having missed the Algarve GP due to injury last year, seventh place stands as Marquez’s best premier class finish in Portugal.
Marquez arrives at round four with 21 points, 40 points shy of the World Championship lead.
The Americas GP was a punishing weekend for Pol Espargaro who was struck down by illness, salvaging 13th place after a grueling ride. Upon returning home, Espargaro spent several days focusing on his recovery before returning to his normal training regime. Now Espargaro arrives in Europe with the aim of getting back to normality, finding his rhythm and building his challenge over the weekend. In 2021, the two races in Portugal highlighted the great progress made by the #44 on the Honda RC213V – DNF in the first race and sixth in the second edition. From his two visits to the circuit, Espargaro has never finished lower than sixth and has an eye on improving on his best result of fourth.
Espargaro sits 11th in the World Championship, 38 points from the top.
|1||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||61||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati|
|2||Rins Alex||42||SPA||56||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|3||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||50||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia|
|4||Mir Joan||36||SPA||46||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|5||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||44||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|6||Binder Brad||33||RSA||42||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|7||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||31||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|8||Miller Jack||43||AUS||31||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
|9||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||28||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|10||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||28||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|11||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||23||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|12||Bagnaia Francesco||62||ITA||23||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
|13||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||21||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|14||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||19||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia|
|15||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||14||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|16||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||12||LCR Honda||Honda|
|17||Marini Luca||10||ITA||10||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati|
|18||Bezzecchi Marco||73||ITA||7||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati|
|19||Binder Darryn||40||RSA||6||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha|
|20||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||4||LCR Honda||Honda|
|21||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||3||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha|
|24||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||0||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati|
|25||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||HRC Test Team||Honda|
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.
|Longest Straight||969 m|
|Pole Position||1'37.226 (170.0Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1'38.872 (167.1Km/h) Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 2023)|
|Race Time||41'24.401 (166.2km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|2023 Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|