Quartararo leads FP3 with the red flag after Jorge Martin’s fall

It’s unclear what happened in the fall, but Martin was in one lap when he went down Turn 7 and was thrown violently through the gravel.

He was taken to the medical center for a check-up and declared conscious, but had to be removed from the route.

Although most relied on medium weight rubber at the beginning of RP3, several improvements to the combined order immediately came about.

KTM’s Miguel Oliveira, unsatisfied with the front tire allocation this weekend, found a tenth on his best lap in FP2 to get into the top 10, while Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli came in ninth ahead of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro advanced.

Morbidelli got into a bit of a scratch at the beginning of the third RP with Takaaki Nakagami. The Italian had slight contact with the LCR driver on the corner of Turn 11 Portimao after catching him on the race line.

Nakagami had to go to the medical center in the middle of the third RP for pain reliever injections in the shoulder that he had injured in his terrible high-speed accident on Turn 1 of the second RP, but returned to the field in the closing stages.

World champion Johann Zarco set the pace on the individual timesheets after 10 minutes with a time of 1: 40: 008 minutes, making him second overall.

Johann Zarco, Pramac Racing

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This was the best time of the morning until Espargaro beat Francesco Bagnaia’s best time at Aprilia on Friday with a time of 1: 39.690 minutes and 20 minutes ahead of a fresh, soft slick.

Espargaro’s reign was ended by Jack Miller at the Ducati factory, who cleared a time of 1: 39.345 minutes seven minutes later as the rest of the field took to the track to begin his search for a direct Q2 spot.

Quartararo further expanded the field with his first round of attack in the closing stages after spending much of RP3 improving the pace of the used tires with the medium compound.

The Yamaha rider’s first attempt on a soft tire in just under 10 minutes put him in first place when he produced a 1: 39.044 meter run.

Morbidelli reduced his former teammate’s advantage to just 0.051 seconds later, before the session was interrupted at 4 minutes and 11 minutes for Pramac rookie Martin after a serious fall.

When the meeting started again at 10:48 a.m. local time, almost the entire field left the pit lane together to secure a place in the second quarter.

Quartararo’s 1: 39.044 minutes were undisputed in the end, the Frenchman leading Morbidelli and a late improver in Bagnaia finished third.

Zarco jumped fourth late in his Pramac Ducati ahead of Suzuki’s Alex Rins, and Jack Miller made sure that both factory Ducati riders headed straight into the second quarter.

Avintia newcomer Luca Marini will make his first Q2 MotoGP appearance after finishing FP3 with an impressive seventh place ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Oliveira and Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales.

A late fall on Turn 3 for Alex Marquez prevented him from progressing into the second quarter, leaving the Spaniard in 11th place and in a volatile Q1 group.

World champion Joan Mir was only able to achieve 12th place on his Suzuki ahead of Honda’s Pol Espargaro, SRT’s Valentino Rossi and the returning Marc Marquez on the sister plant Honda.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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Marquez made a mistake on his penultimate lap of flight and couldn’t improve his last effort, leaving him before the first quarter.
Qualifying begins at 2.10 p.m. local time.

MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix – FP3 Results