MotoGP: Quartararo Fastest In FP2 At Algarve GP

MotoGP: Quartararo Fastest In FP2 At Algarve GP

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

FIM MotoGP World Championship

Algarve International Circuit

Portimao, Portugal

November 5, 2021

Free Practice Two Results (all on Michelin tires):

  1. Fabio Quartararo, France (Yamaha), 1:39.390
  2. Francesco Bagnaia, Italy (Ducati), 1:39.522
  3. Jack Miller, Australia (Ducati), 1:39.611
  4. Joan Mir, Spain (Suzuki), 1:39.680
  5. Pol Espargaro, Spain (Honda), 1:39.792
  6. Johann Zarco, France (Ducati), 1:39.889
  7. Alex Marquez, Spain (Honda), 1:40.042
  8. Aleix Espargaro, Spain (Aprilia), 1:40.069
  9. Takaaki Nakagami, Japan (Honda), 1:40.122
  10. Alex Rins, Spain (Suzuki), 1:40.176
  11. Jorge Martin, Spain (Ducati), 1:40.179
  12. Franco Morbidelli, Italy (Yamaha), 1:40.225
  13. Danilo Petrucci, Italy (KTM), 1:40.231
  14. Maverick Vinales, Spain (Aprilia), 1:40.284
  15. Luca Marini, Italy (Ducati), 1:40.323
  16. Enea Bastianini, Italy (Ducati), 1:40.467
  17. Brad Binder, South Africa (KTM), 1:40.498
  18. Stefan Bradl, Germany (Honda), 1:40.700
  19. Miguel Oliveira, Portugal (KTM), 1:40.935
  20. Iker Lecuona, Spain (KTM), 1:41.097
  21. Valentino Rossi, Italy (Yamaha), 1:41.174
  22. Andrea Dovizioso, Italy (Yamaha), 1:41.214

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Quartararo on a roll to beat Ducati duo on Day 1

The newly-crowned Champion tops the timesheets ahead of Bagnaia and Miller

 

Fabio Quartararo (20). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Fabio Quartararo (20). Photo courtesy Dorna.

Friday, 05 November 2021

It was a very impressive opening day of action at the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve for 2021 World Champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). After claiming P1 in FP1, the flying Frenchman topped FP2 with a 1:39.390 to beat Francesco Bagnaia by 0.132, with Jack Miller making it two Ducati Lenovo Team machines in the top three.

FP1

Quartararo started the day as he meant to go on: fastest. However, the Frenchman left it until his last lap to edge out Bagnaia by just 0.045s. Quartararo’s 1:40.192 was good enough to beat third place Miller by 0.131 too, with three familiar faces fighting in out in the top three.

Team Suzuki Ecstar duo Alex Rins – who sported a phenomenal shoulder cam in FP1 – and 2020 World Champion Joan Mir completed the first top five of the weekend as the riders got a sunny and dry opening Free Practice session under their belts, impressing early on.

There were no incidents in FP1.

FP2

Conditions remained perfect in FP2 and three Hondas were able to get themselves into the top six by the time the session had reached the halfway point – Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) sat P4 ahead of Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu). However, the top three from FP1 remained unchanged – Quartararo, Bagnaia, Miller – both in terms of position and time.

With 16 minutes left on the clock, a change at the top occurred. Bagnaia slammed in a 1:40.007 to leapfrog Quartararo into P1, and the Italian’s advantage was now 0.185s. The final 10 minutes then reared its head and, as usual, soft tyres and pushing for top 10 slot was the name of the game. Mir became the first rider to dip below the 1.40 bracket, and the 2020 Champion went even quicker on the next lap.

Miller then went top, but Quartararo immediately shoved the Australian down to second. Pecco was then able to string a personal best lap of the day together on his final effort, but the Italian couldn’t quite find an answer for Quartararo.

There were no crashes in FP2 either.

Combined timesheets

Behind Quartararo and the Ducati Lenovo Team duo, Mir slots into fourth. It was a positive day at the office for the Spaniard and the number 36 heads into Saturday just a couple of tenths down on Quartararo.

Fifth place Pol Espargaro leads the Honda charge, with Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) moving up from P13 in FP1 to take sixth overall and in FP2, readying for his charge at the title of top Independent Team rider on Sunday…

Alex Marquez enjoyed his Friday on the rollercoaster and took seventh, the Spaniard heading compatriot Aleix Esaprgaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and LCR Honda teammate Nakagami in P8 and P9, respectively. The final provisional place in Q2 goes to Rins as it stands, but the top 15 riders are split by less than a second so far…

Will FP3 see another shuffle? The skies look likely to stay dry so it’s all hands on deck for a time attack on Saturday morning from 9:55 (GMT), before qualifying from 14:10!

 

Raul Fernandez pips Lowes by 0.002, Gardner third despite a crash

The rookie head the veteran on Day 1, with the Championship leader third but showing good pace despite a clash in FP2

 

Raul Fernandez (25). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Raul Fernandez (25). Photo courtesy Dorna.

Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) finished top of the pile on Day 1 at the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve, but only just. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) was just 0.002 off the Spaniard’s 1:43.246 by the end of play, with the Brit continuing his Misano momentum. World Championship leader Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was third quickest and quick all day, but the Australian suffered some late drama at the final corner when he crashed with Marcos Ramirez (American Racing). Riders ok, the incident was investigated and no further action was taken.

FP1

It’s all about the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo in terms of the Championship, with Gardner holding his first match point this weekend. The duo – as ever – looked strong, finishing 1-2 in FP1 in the Australian’s favour… but by just 0.014. Aron Canet (QuieroCorredor Aspar Team), rookie Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Hector Garzo (Flexbox HP40) locked out the top five in the opening session.

Fermin Aldeguer (Termozeta Speed Up) crashed and rejoined, and Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) and Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and came together, all riders ok.

FP2

Gardner was fastest in the early stages before Raul Fernandez hit back, with Lowes also able to split the duo by the flag. Gardner had a big wobble late on and then suffered the incident with Ramirez, although both riders were up and ok it was a tougher end to the day. Still, Gardner is just 0.122 off his teammate heading into FP3.

The high profile incident for the points leader was the only one of the session.

Combined timesheets

Behind Raul Fernandez, Lowes and Gardner, Jorge Navarro (Termozeta Speed Up) made good progress in the afternoon to finish P4 on Day 1, up from P13 in Fp1. He was just 0.004s away from Gardner too. Ogura crashed in FP1 but was in fine form in FP2 to claim P5, the Japanese rider only 0.001s ahead of Canet.

Sky Racing Team VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi and rookie teammate Vietti cemented Day 1 top 10s in P7 and P8, respectively. Augusto Fernandez bounced back to take P9 on the Friday combined standings, with Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing) rounding out the top 10. It’s currently Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2; Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) and Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) who stand to join them in Q2…. but it can all change on Saturday morning.

After late drama for Gardner and smooth sailing for Raul Fernandez, don’t miss Moto2™ FP3 at 10:55 local time (GMT) on Saturday before qualifying from 15:10.

Fenati leads Foggia y 0.015, Acosta fourth on Friday

The veteran Italians lead Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Masia and Acosta, with the Algarve GP already shaping up for a showdown

 

Romano Fenati (55). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Romano Fenati (55). Photo courtesy Dorna.

Day 1 at the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve in Moto3™ belonged to Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) as the Italian ousted compatriot and title contender Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) from top spot in FP2. Fenati’s 1:48.026 saw him beat Foggia by just 0.015s, as Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) claimed P3 at the end of play on Friday.

FP1

Acosta led much of the session, and then Foggia hit back in the latter stages to take over by a significant margin – and one he kept, ending FP1 seventh tenths clear of Stefano Nepa (BOE Owlride), with Filip Salač (CarXpert PrüstelGP) a closer third. Acosta ended the session in P6, just over eight tenths off Foggia.

Riccardo Rossi (BOE Owlride) crashed, as did Ryusei Yamanaka (CarXpert PrüstelGP), both riders ok.

FP2

For a long time it looked like Foggia’s 1:48.296 in FP1 was going to remain the fastest time on the opening day of lightweight class action, but that all changed late in the afternoon session. Fenati was able to jump ahead of Foggia and steal the Day 1 honours, but there’s nothing in it between the Italians as the latter also improved.

Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) led the resistance a couple of tenths behind the duo, and World Championship leader Acosta moved up in the afternoon to fourth, only two and a half tenths off the top.

Both Foggia and Acosta look strong once more in the Algarve, and if Friday is anything to go by, Saturday and Sunday’s battle between the top two in the title race looks like it will be a belter.

Alberto Surra (Rivacold Snipers Team) crashed, rider ok, and both his teammate Andrea Migno and Dani Holgado (Red Bull KTM Tech3) suffered technical issues. Riders all ok.

Combined Timesheets

Behind Fenati, Foggia and Red Bull KTM Ajo, rounding out the top five is a stellar job from rookie Adrian Fernandez (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), the Spaniard just 0.349s off the top, with the experienced Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy) picking up P6.

Salač, Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech3), Rossi and Yamanaka complete the top ten, with Izan Guevara (Muchoneumatico GASGAS Aspar Team), Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing), Carlos Tatay (Avintia Esponsorama Moto3) and Nepa set to join them in moving through. Sasaki and Guevara also have Long Lap penalties to serve on race day though, after ebing observed riding slowly on the racing line on Friday.

Will the times tumble once more in FP3? Will both Acosta and Foggia make it into Q2? Find out at 09:00 local time (GMT) before qualifying from 12:35.

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