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Perfect Friday for flying Frenchman as Quartararo is on a roll at Algarve

Fabio Quartararo

Bengaluru, November 6: It was a very impressive opening day of action at the Algarve Grand Prix for the recently crowned 2021 FIM MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP).

After claiming P1 in FP1, the flying Frenchman topped FP2 with a 1:39.390 to beat Francesco Bagnaia by 0.132, with Jack Miller making it two Ducati Lenovo Team machines in the top three.

Behind Quartararo and the Ducati Lenovo Team duo, Joan Mir slots into fourth. It was a positive day at the office for the Spaniard and the number 36 heads into Saturday just a couple of tenths down on Quartararo.

Gloves come off on Algarve as MotoGP ready for Round 2 vs rollercoasterGloves come off on Algarve as MotoGP ready for Round 2 vs rollercoaster

Fifth place Pol Espargaro leads the Honda charge, with Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) moving up from P13 in FP1 to take sixth overall and in FP2, readying for his charge at the title of top Independent Team rider on Sunday...

Alex Marquez enjoyed his Friday on the rollercoaster and took seventh, the Spaniard heading compatriot Aleix Esaprgaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and LCR Honda team-mate Takaaki Nakagami in P8 and P9, respectively. The final provisional place in Q2 goes to Rins as it stands, but the top 15 riders are split by less than a second so far.

The top 15 riders are split by less than a second so far in Portimao, with home hero Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) struggling down in P19 in front of the Portuguese faithful.

Brilliant Bagnaia

Brilliant Bagnaia

Bagnaia slammed in a 1:40.007 to leapfrog Quartararo into P1, as the Italian's advantage cut down to 0.185sec.

The final 10 minutes then reared its head and, as usual, soft rear Michelin tyres and grabbing a top 10 slot was the name of the game.

Marvellous Miller

Marvellous Miller

Miller initially went on top, but Quartararo immediately shoved the Australian down to second.

Bagnaia was able to string a personal best lap of the day together on his final effort, but the Italian could not do anything from stopping the new world champion from cementing Day 1 honours.

Zarco sizzles

Zarco sizzles

Zarco (Pramac Racing) was P13 in FP1, but the Frenchman climbed his way into the top 10 in FP2 - P6 for Zarco.

He was also readying up for his charge at the title of top Independent Team rider on Sunday.

Set for qualifiers

Set for qualifiers

Will FP3 see another shuffle? The skies look likely to stay dry so it's all hands on deck for a time attack on Saturday morning from 9.55 am (2.25pm IST), before qualifying from 2.10pm local time (7.40pm local time).

Indian audience can catch the qualifying and all live action on Eurusport SD/HD channels. (By a special arrangement with Dorna Sports)

(By a special arrangement with Dorna Sports)

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Story first published: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 9:30 [IST]
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