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  • MotoGP Portuguese GP: Enea Bastianini Takes Pole Position, Maverick Vinales Wins Sprint Race in Portugal

  • The Round 2 of MotoGP 2024, Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal took place at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimão on March 23, 2024.

    In Qualifying, Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) took his second pole position of MotoGP career with 1'37.706s.
    Following him by 0.082s, Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) was 2nd. Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) briefly held top spot, but finally was 3rd.
    Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo), Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM), and Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Ducati) will start on the second row.
    Rookie, Pedro Acosta (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) was 7th. Marc Marquez (Gresini Ducati) finished 8th, recovering from crashes early in the session.
    This time, Japanese manufacture riders Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) and Alex Rins (Monster Yamaha) directly advanced to Q2 session, and were 9th and 11th, respectively.
    Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) crashed on his first flying lap, then finished 10th.

    Enea Bastianini said, “After a long time without pole position this is special today. I'm happy because from yesterday we have improved. It is only the first step because we have the Sprint Race but we are happy.”
  • In the Sprint Race, Maverick Vinales claimed his first victory of the Sprint Race and first victory for Aprilia.
    Marc Marquez passed second-placed Jorge Martin on the last lap, finally finished 2nd from 8th. He secured his first podium with Ducati.
    Jorge Martin pushed Maverick Vinales until the last lap, but ran wide on the penultimate lap, and was passed by Marc Marquez on the last lap, then took the 3rd place.
    Francesco Bagnaia led the race until Lap 9. It looked his for the taking, but he ran well wide at Turn 1, and dropped the position finishing 4th.
    His team-mate and poleman, Enea Bastianini was 6th. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM) was 5th.
    Rookie sensation Pedro Acosta had another remarkable run in 7th.
    Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) finished 8th from 13th on the grid, and Fabio Quartararo was 9th, then both riders secured the point.
  • Maverick Vinales said, “Today feels good, I'm happy to be back on the top positions. I know Qatar wasn't our level, I had some issues with the setting. But here, we are showing that we are finding the way. I'm happy about how things are going and very concentrated on tomorrow, but we will enjoy today. It's my first win with Aprilia, so we'll enjoy it, of course.”

    Marc Marquez said, “We knew it would be difficult because starting in eighth position is super difficult and the race tomorrow will be even more difficult. I made a mistake in the qualifying practice that I [could have avoided] because I engaged the rear device too early and then the bike was sitting and I crashed. But the team did a really great job to repair the bike and in the race I was super lucky on the first lap to have a good start. And then I worked the front tyre, I relaxed a bit, and then I came back on the last lap to attack. Tomorrow with the medium rear will be different.”

    Jorge Martin said, “It was a difficult race. I started really poorly and then I was trying to be competitive, but I had some issues with the rear... also the front went super, super high. But I did my best and hopefully we can improve for tomorrow.”

    Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal Qualifying Results

    1. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / 1'37.706s

    2. Maverick Vinales / Aprilia Racing / +0.082s

    3. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +0.106s

    4. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.216s

    5. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +0.326s

    6. Marco Bezzecchi / VR46 Ducati / +0.366s

    7. Pedro Acosta / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +0.432s

    8. Marc Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +0.441s

    9. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.616s

    10. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.706s

    11. Alex Rins / Monster Yamaha / +0.796s

    12. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / No Time

    13. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / 1'38.279s

    14. Fabio Di Giannantonio / VR46 Ducati / 1'38.309s

    15. Miguel Oliveira / Trackhouse Aprilia / 1'38.385s

    16. Raul Fernandez / Trackhouse Aprilia / 1'38.448s

    17. Franco Morbidelli / Pramac Ducati / 1'38.454s

    18. Augusto Fernandez / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / 1'38.934s

    19. Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / 1'39.004s

    20. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / 1'39.025s

    21. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1'39.058s

    22. Luca Marini / Repsol Honda / 1'39.451s

    Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal Sprint Race Results

    1. Maverick Vinales / Aprilia Racing / 19m 49.636s

    2. Marc Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +1.039s

    3. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +1.122s

    4. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +4.155s

    5. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +4.329s

    6. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +4.384s

    7. Pedro Acosta / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +5.088s

    8. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +6.161s

    9. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +7.501s

    10. Raul Fernandez / Trackhouse Aprilia / +8.484s

    11. Marco Bezzecchi / VR46 Ducati / +9.529s

    12. Miguel Oliveira / Trackhouse Aprilia / +10.519s

    13. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +11.458s

    14. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / +14.035s

    15. Augusto Fernandez / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +14.853s

    16. Franco Morbidelli / Pramac Ducati / +16.049s

    17. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +16.398s

    18. Luca Marini / Repsol Honda / +24.907s

    Photo by MotoGP
  • source : MotoGP
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