The MotoGP World Championship arrived this weekend in Portimao, a circuit characterized by ups and downs that not even those of the Dragon Khan in PortAventura. The weekend began with countless falls due to the rains that hit Portugal. However, the race Sunday started dry. In the small category, the fight lasted until the end with a group of five drivers fighting for victory (Sasaki, García Dols, Masià, Guevara and Öncü). For their part, Foggia and Migno suffered both in qualifying and in the race.
One of the riders who shone the most was the rookie Diogo Moreira who was placed in the Top 10 at just 18 years old -he did it on Saturday-. However, the Brazilian was penalized at the end of the race for breaking the limits of the track and lost two positions, falling to 10th place. After a spectacular end of the race with a constant change of positions, finally the one who took first place was the Spaniard Sergio García Dols who, upon reaching the podium, starred in his fifth fall of the weekend, this time with laughter in between while celebrating becoming a leader again. The second box was for Jaume Masià and the third for Ayumu Sasaki.
The rebirth of the devil
In MotoGP, Quartararo and Rins scored at the start of the race with a spectacular comeback. The Spanish recovered 13 positions in the first corners. For whom the weekend neither started nor finished well, it was Jorge Martín who, after many problems in training and with the memory of the severe injury he suffered on this circuit last year, went down 20 laps before the final. At the head of the race things became clear very soon after Quartararo took the lead and managed to escape from Zarco, who was also alone in second position. For its part, the chasing group that included Rins, Aleix Espargaró, Miller and Mir had a great fight in which the first two benefited. And it is that Miller and Mir rolled on the gravel after an error of the Australian. Enea Bastianini also fell. Finally, the podium was occupied by Quartararo – who regained the world championship lead tied on points with Rins -, Zarco and Aleix Espargaró. The brothers Marc Márquez and Àlex Márquez entered the finish line in 6th and 7th position, respectively, separated by only 20 thousandths.
The intermediate category, in which the Jesus rider Jeremy Alcoba runs, became the craziest of the day and only 15 riders finished the race, half of those who originally went out on the track. After more than a quarter of the race with a great performance by Canet, Beaubier and Ogura, the rain returned to Portimao and suddenly rolled no more and no less than 12 riders to the ground. This multiple accident ended with no injuries, with a red flag and with the loss of all those affected – since none managed to return to the pit-lane within 5 minutes after the accident as stipulated in the regulations. Among those who could not return to track were the Spaniards Aaron Canet, Augusto Fernández, Albert Arenas and Pedro Acosta.
In the second start the American Joe Roberts shone, who already escaped in the first corners and took the victory. On his part, Alcoba, from Ebreña, who started sixth, lost some position but managed to come back to seventh place and, after the sanction of one of his competitors, finished the event sixth. The podium was completed by Celestino Vietti -who is even more in the lead, 30 points behind second- and Jorge Navarro. All the drivers who finished the race managed to score points as there were only 15 on the grid.