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.

Marc Marquez

“I am looking forward to riding in Portugal, it’s a demanding circuit that’s very physical but a lot of fun to ride. In America we showed our speed and what we are capable of, even if everything did not go perfectly. I want to again be fighting at the front and getting good points after not the best start to the year. We have to keep working on ourselves and the bike to be able to achieve our maximum, but I know myself and Honda are working hard.”

Pol Espargaro

“With the come back to Europe I’m hoping to reset a bit and find what we had at the start of the year. After Qatar it seems things have been against us a little bit, but there are still plenty of races left and a lot of work to be done. Portimao is a circuit I have always enjoyed so with the new Honda I have some good hopes for the weekend.”

MotoGP 2022

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
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
22 Gardner Remy AUS 1
23 Fernandez Raul SPA 0
24 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
25 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 HRC Test Team Honda
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


Pole Position 1'37.226 (170.0Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2023)
Race Lap 1'38.685 (167.5Km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2024)
Race Time 41'18.138(166.7km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2024)
2024 Winner Jorge Maratin (Ducati)
2024 Sprint Winner Maverick Viñales (Aprilia)