All eyes were on the eight-time World Champion as he put in a champion’s effort to finish the Portuguese Grand Prix in a scintillating seventh, Pol Espargaro’s weekend left unrewarded.

The sun was again shining on the Algarve as the MotoGP World Championship lined up for round three of the 2021 season. A calm Warm Up session saw both the Repsol Honda Team riders confirm the feeling on their respective Honda RC213V machines.

When the lights went out, Marc Marquez was the centre of attention as he shot forward from sixth and immediately began to battle inside the top three. The fighting was fierce, and a still-recovering Marquez found himself forced to ease the intensity of his fight. Settling into his rhythm, the #93 worked to hold his spot in the top ten while avoiding any costly mistakes.

Completing his objective of finishing the race, Marquez crossed the line in seventh and as top Honda. The incredible effort of the race was clear to see as an emotional Marc Marquez was welcomed back into the Repsol Honda Team garage to a roar of applause from the team. With his nine points for seventh, Marc Marquez ends a point drought of 518 days.

Unfortunately, Pol Espargaro’s race was compromised after just a few laps as a technical problem brought him back into the garage. After making a promising start, Espargaro was battling on the outside of the top ten before a rear brake problem dropped him to the back of the field and forced him to retire. This is Espargaro’s first DNF with the Repsol Honda Team.

The MotoGP World Championship now settles into a familiar rhythm, a week away from the circuit before returning for round four in Jerez. For both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro, the weekend presents a chance to continue their respective journeys and show even more of the potential of the RC213V.

Marc Marquez

7th

“There were a lot of emotions this weekend and when I arrived in the box I just exploded, not for the pain but there was something inside that needed to come out. I felt so much support from everyone and especially my family and friends. To feel like a MotoGP rider again was the most important thing and it was a great feeling. I didn’t enjoy today’s race, I suffered a lot, but it was the most important step in my recovery so far. We were able to finish the race, that was our main goal – the position didn’t matter but to finish 13 seconds behind first was an impossible dream. I think I felt best when I was riding alone in the middle of the race, the start of the race was a bit of a shock after so long! The last laps were just about finishing. Now we look to Jerez.”

Pol Espargaro

DNF

“Unfortunately today we had a technical problem, sometimes it can happen like this. Our race today was very short because of this, this can happen in racing when you are on the limit everywhere. We try and learn from our mistakes and our problems and come back stronger. Now we turn out attention to Jerez, a circuit where we as a team will have a lot of data thanks to the work that Stefan has been doing. All we can do is keep working and try to find some luck, the issue we had today won’t be an issue in the future. We keep getting stronger and growing as a team and improving. Let’s have a smooth weekend next time out.”

MotoGP 2021
Race Round 3   Portugal

Portuguese Grand Prix

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 41'46.412
2 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 20 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 4.809
3 Mir Joan 36 SPA 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 4.948
4 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 13 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 5.127
5 Binder Brad 33 RSA 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 6.668
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 10 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 8.885
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 9 Repsol Honda Team Honda 13.208
8 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 8 LCR Honda Honda 17.992
9 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 7 Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 22.369
10 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 6 LCR Honda Honda 23.676
11 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 5 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 23.761
12 Marini Luca 10 ITA 4 SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 29.660
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 3 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 29.836
14 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 2 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 38.941
15 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 1 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 50.642
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1 Lap
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
18 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF
19 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha DNF
20 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati DNF
21 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
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 1'39.450 (166.2Km/h) Alex Rins (Suzuki, 2021)
Race Time 41'46.412 (164.8km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
2021 Winners Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) | Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)