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Zarco ends first day of Portimao practice fastest

Nov 20 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Avintia Ducati rider Johann Zarco ended the first day of MotoGP practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix as quickest, having topped the second 70-minute session.

Zarco, who is contesting his final weekend with Avintia before switching over to other Ducati satellite team Pramac next year, led Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales by just over a tenth of a second.

After Pramac’s Jack Miller had a potentially session-topping lap deleted in FP1, it took until the final quarter of the FP2 for someone to muster a legal sub-1m40s lap of the Portimao circuit.

This came courtesy of Vinales, who pulled out a 1m39.931s on a fresh pair of hard tyres and therefore entered the final six minutes of the day in first place.

Moments later Miller went 0.036s faster, now on the soft rear, before being swiftly deposed by a 1m39.744s from Ducati stablemate Johann Zarco.

And though Vinales, now likewise equipped with a soft rear, found an extra tenth moments later, Zarco’s next lap was quicker still, a 1m39.417s leaving the Frenchman a quarter of a second ahead.

Vinales closed to within 0.119s off Zarco at the chequered flag, while Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was another tenth off in third, completing the top three for the second time on Friday.

Petronas Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo moved up to fourth at the chequered flag, eclipsing KTM rookie Brad Binder by just 0.005s.

The series’ new champion Joan Mir was sixth, the Suzuki rider securing a provisional Q2 spot with his very final attempt.

Andrea Dovizioso marked his final Friday with Ducati with seventh place, ahead of KTM’s Pol Espargaro, Miller and Quartararo’s team-mate Franco Morbidelli.

Morbidelli, who leads Suzuki rider Alex Rins (17th in FP2) by four points in the battle to finish 2020 in second place in the riders’ standings, made it three Yamahas in the top 10, with the fourth M1 – that of Valentino Rossi – 21st and ahead only of Tech3 KTM’s replacement rider Mika Kallio.

Rossi and Rins were among the riders to crash during the session, the former falling at the Turn 4 left-hander and the latter at the Turn 8 right-hander.

Also down at Turn 4 was Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), who recovered after that to finish the session in 12th, just behind the top Honda of Stefan Bradl and just ahead of Tech3’s home hero Miguel Oliveira, who had topped FP1.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Johann Zarco Avintia Racing Ducati 1m39.417s
2 Maverick Viñales Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.119s +0.119s 1m39.536s
3 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.109s +0.228s 1m39.645s
4 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.047s +0.275s 1m39.692s
5 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.005s +0.28s 1m39.697s
6 Joan Mir Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.035s +0.315s 1m39.732s
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati +0.009s +0.324s 1m39.741s
8 Pol Espargaró Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.042s +0.366s 1m39.783s
9 Jack Miller Pramac Racing Ducati +0.037s +0.403s 1m39.82s
10 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.068s +0.471s 1m39.888s
11 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.021s +0.492s 1m39.909s
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda +0.03s +0.522s 1m39.939s
13 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.007s +0.529s 1m39.946s
14 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda +0.02s +0.549s 1m39.966s
15 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Racing Ducati +0.011s +0.56s 1m39.977s
16 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.108s +0.668s 1m40.085s
17 Alex Rins Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.128s +0.796s 1m40.213s
18 Alex Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.125s +0.921s 1m40.338s
19 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Team Ducati +0.209s +1.13s 1m40.547s
20 Tito Rabat Avintia Racing Ducati +0.709s +1.839s 1m41.256s
21 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.023s +1.862s 1m41.279s
22 Mika Kallio Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.547s +2.409s 1m41.826s
Johann Zarco, Portugal Motogp, 20 November 2020

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