GP of Portugal – GP of Portugal Practice FP2: Zarco leads the first day in Portimaõ! –

Portuguese GP FP2 practice: Zarco leads the first day in Portimaõ !

GP of Portugal - GP of Portugal Practice FP2: Zarco leads the first day in Portimaõ! -

The best time of the first day of MotoGP testing of the 2020 Portuguese GP goes to Frenchman Johann Zarco, author of a superb 1’39.417 never achieved on a motorcycle on the Portima circuit Port ! The future Ducati-Pramac rider precedes the Yamaha de Viñales and the Aprilia d’Espargaro. Report and classification.

Second practice session in Portimaõ still in the form of a discovery for the MotoGP riders, who had never driven on the impressive Portuguese track with their prototypes until. The sun and the mildness of the Algarve region allow them to familiarize themselves with this superb route with impressive height differences.. 

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The first part of the session sees the first place being exchanged between Miguel Oliveira – leader this morning at home -, Stefan Brad or Maverick Viñales. Then the lap times fall in the last ten minutes with improvements under 1’40: Jack Miller, followed by Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco notably cross this bar, revealing an advantageous ease of the Ducati.

The Cannes driver literally emerges from the second part of the standings to take the lead in 1’39.417, a time that will not be beaten despite the final attempts of his opponents. The n ° 5 is to date the fastest motorcycle rider of Portimaõ, with almost a second better than the record in force in WSBK (1’40.372 by Rea in 2019) !

The French driver is ahead of Maverick Viñales, Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Quartararo and Brad Binder, i.e. a Ducati, two Yamaha, an Aprilia and a KTM in the Top 5! Recall that Espargaro is the only one to have experience of the circuit with his MotoGP: the Spaniard rode there with his RS-GP during the discovery tests in early October, in accordance with the regulatory advantages available to Aprilia..

Fall of Rossi, lack of landmarks in Portimaõ

The new world champion, Joan Mir, sets the sixth time three tenths behind the leader, after having released the big attack at the end of the session on his GSX-RR. The Mallorcan precedes Andrea Dovizioso who is eyeing third place in the final standings: the result is a bonus of one million dollars, according to some Italian colleagues !

On the other hand, Valentino Rossi’s acclimatization to the difficult Portimaõ layout continues to pose major problems: distant 19th this morning, the Italian fell back to 21st place at 1.8 seconds after having fallen in turn 4 at the end of the session. Never in the rhythm today, the Doctor suffers from the comparison with the M1 Viñales and Quartararo who are at the forefront, while Morbidelli is 10th on his M1 2019…

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This counterperfomance reminds us that the genius of the Alpine pastures is rarely to his advantage on the new tracks, unlike drivers like Casey Stoner, Marc Marquez or even Jack Miller who are fast from their first laps on a track they are discovering.. 

Two other drivers went to the mat this afternoon: Alex Rins on his Suzuki at the start of the session, then Takaaki Nakagami who bandaged his injured finger before ending the day in 12th place behind the surprising Stefan Bradl on the official Honda. Mika Kallio – who replaces Iker Lecuona positive for Covid-19 – is again the red lantern (orange, rather!) Of this test session. 

The third MotoGP practice session will take place tomorrow Saturday from 10:55 am to 11:40 am (Paris time). Stay connected !

MotoGP free practice 2 results of the 2020 Portuguese GP

  1. Johann ZARCO Ducati 1’39.417 
  2. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1’39.536 0.119 / 0.119
  3. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1’39.645 0.228 / 0.109
  4. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1’39.692 0.275 / 0.047
  5. Brad BINDER KTM 1’39.697 0.280 / 0.005
  6. Joan MIR Suzuki 1’39.732 0.315 / 0.035
  7. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1’39.741 0.324 / 0.009
  8. Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1’39.783 0.366 / 0.042
  9. Jack MILLER Ducati 1’39.820 0.403 / 0.037
  10. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1’39.888 0.471 / 0.068
  11. Stefan BRADL Honda 1’39.909 0.492 / 0.021
  12. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1’39.939 0.522 / 0.030
  13. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1’39.946 0.529 / 0.007
  14. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1’39.966 0.549 / 0.020
  15. Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1’39.977 0.560 / 0.011
  16. Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 1’40.085 0.668 / 0.108
  17. Alex RINS Suzuki 1’40.213 0.796 / 0.128
  18. Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1’40.338 0.921 / 0.125
  19. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1’40.547 1.130 / 0.209
  20. Tito RABAT Ducati 1’41.256 1.839 / 0.709
  21. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1’41.279 1.862 / 0.023
  22. Mika KALLIO KTM 1’41.826 2.409 / 0.547

Provisional MotoGP classification before the Portuguese GP

  1. Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 171 points
  2. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 142 points
  3. Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 138 points
  4. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 127 points
  5. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 125 points
  6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 125 points
  7. Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 122 points
  8. Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 112 points
  9. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 105 points
  10. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 100 points
  11. Brad BINDER KTM RSA 87 points
  12. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 78 points
  13. Johann ZARCO Ducati FRA 71 points
  14. Alex MARQUEZ Honda SPA 67 points
  15. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 62 points
  16. Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati ITA 47 points
  17. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA 34 points
  18. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 29 points
  19. Iker LECUONA KTM SPA 27 points
  20. Stefan BRADL Honda GER 18 points
  21. Bradley SMITH Aprilia GBR 12 points
  22. Tito RABAT Ducati SPA 10 points
  23. Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 4 points
  24. Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia ITA 

Provisional rankings for manufacturers and MotoGP teams 

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