11:52 – Our LIVE chronicle of the FP1 MotoGP in Portimao ends here, thank you for following it with us. Appointment at 3:10 pm for the FP1 LIVE, Stay Tuned!
11:50 – The wet FP1 of Portimao gives us a Marc Marquez in front of everyone, in the role of the man to beat. The Honda Spaniard trimmed almost 4 tenths to the first of his pursuers, Joan Mir. Third time for an amazing Bezzecchi, who has already shown in the past to be an excellent interpreter of these weather conditions.
Johann Zarco opens the virtual second row, ahead of Oliveira and Vinales, an excellent sixth with Aprilia. The Top Gun is proving to be in great shape with the RS-GP, while today his teammate Espargarò suffered a lot, finishing only 16th in front of his brother Pol. Third row for a Ducati trio made up of Jorge Martìn, Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller , also victim of a fall in the final part of the session. Alex Marquez closes the top ten and the list of Q2 qualifiers.
Luca Marini, who made a mistake a few minutes from the checkered flag, was just out, and also Enea Bastinini, who finished 14th. Evil Fabio Quartararo, only 18th ahead of Morbidelli.
11:45 – Marc Marquez closes the session in front of everyone, this is the ranking
11:40 – Last moments on fire, Bagnaia marks the second half but then the reference for the yellow flag is removed. Meanwhile Bastianini comes out of the top ten, Vinales is going strong. Maverick hits 4th time!
11:39 – No problem for Marini, who crashed at 8
11:38 – Even Aprilia is not shining now, Vinales has slipped out of the top ten. Aleix Espargarò is 19th. Fall for Luca Marini
11:37 – Marc Marquez sets the best time, touching the wall of 1’51. Bezzecchi second on Oliveira, Alex Marquez also in the top ten, always very fast in the wet. Quartararo still far away, now only 17th behind Morbidelli. No Yamaha can shine today.
11:35 – Less than five minutes to go, the drivers have the last chance to enter the ten qualified for Q2. With the risk of the weather worsening, it could be essential to be immediately ahead.
11:34 – Ducati in the top ten rise to six, with Luca Marini good at taking advantage of Marquez’s slipstream to get back on top.
11:33 – Bastianini enters the top ten with the 8th time, then Jorge Martìn also arrives, now 4th. There are now 5 Ducatis in the top ten.
11:32 – Fall for Jack Miller in the second sector of the track. The Aussie is fine
11:31 – Enea Bastianini is improving a lot, who could climb the rankings abundantly and enter the top ten.
11:29 – Bagnaia loses time in the fourth sector after scoring three red helmets. The Ducati rider has given up on trying to set the best time. This is the classification when there are 10 minutes to the checkered flag of this FP1
11:27 – Many riders are using a new average on the front, but the times are far from the benchmarks obtained with the soft.
11:25 – Michelin Taramasso: “We are expecting two wet days, and it is the first time we ride in the rain here in Portimao. The tires work well, the rear satisfies all the riders and the track grip is not bad. The soft moves a little more. , but it gives him a lot of feedback on what the limit is. Turn 4 is the delicate one, it’s the first to the left after so many right turns. It’s going well, I’d say. ”
11:24 – In this fse no one is improving their times and some have even mounted averages for testing.
11:22 – As can be seen from Rins’ onboard, there is a lot of water on the track and conditions do not seem to improve at the moment.
11:21 – At the moment Aleix Espargarò is suffering, who is only 22nd ahead of Savadori, while Vinales is still in the top ten. The Top Gun is really playing the RS-GP very well at this stage of the championship.
11:19 – Marco Bezzecchi stands in front of everyone when there are about 20 minutes left in the session! Here is the ranking now
11:17 – Bezzecchi rises to 5th place. Excellent session so far for the VR46 Racing Team rookie. Luca Marini is instead 15th at the moment.
11:16 – Nakagami returned to the pits, who could soon be back on track with the second bike. The Japanese is playing the reconfirmation for 2023.
11:14 – The classification changes, with Marc Marquez now ahead of Oliveira and the two official Ducatis. Morbidelli best Yamaha rider in the standings with 10th time. Vinales is doing well, who is now 8th behind an excellent Bezzecchi and Nakagami.
11:14 – A new control to operate the rear lowering device has been mounted on the Aprilia of Espargarò and Vinales. The shape recalls the system inherited from the mountain bike, already seen on the Ducatis.
11:12 – Nakagami’s fall was caused by a high side.
11:11 – Crash for Taka Nakagami at Turn 9. The Japanese took a nice shot, but got up on his legs
11:10 – This is the ranking when there are 30 minutes left for the checkered flag on FP1 in Portimao
11:09 – Miller improves, who is always particularly at ease in the wet. The Australian is now at the top of the standings, lapping in 1’51’437. The two Ducati factories are ahead of everyone right now.
11:07 – Try to show off Miller, who takes 4th time. In front of everyone now there is Bagnaia, who is the first to go under the wall of 1’52. The Ducati rider lapped in 1’51’739
11:05 – Marc Marquez continues to improve himself. Times are now stabilizing, on the low 1’52 pace. Certainly, however, the references will drop further.
11:04 – Bagnaia is responding to Marquez, his weekend starts well. It seems that the formula adopted by Ducati is working, Pecco seems in shape.
11:04 – Marquez pushes and continues to score red helmets. He closes the lap in 1’52’308, ahead of Oliveira and an excellent Bagnaia.
11:03 – Oliveira gets ahead with a much more interesting time than Marquez’s. This is the ranking at the moment
11:02 – High times obviously, at the moment the best reference is Marc Marquez who lapped in 1’57’025
11:00 – Our Lorenzo Savadori is back in the race, at the first wild card of the season with Aprilia. Lorenzo will do 5 in total this season.
10:58 – Drivers immediately on the track, there is a lot of water on the asphalt and since the forecasts do not seem to indicate an improvement for today, it will be important to stay ahead immediately to avoid the risk that today the situation could be even worse.
10:56 – Tardozzi to the microphones of SKY: “Enea is not fast in the wet right away, but then he gets there. This session will be useful for training in the wet. As for Pecco, we hope to see him at last year’s levels soon, we gave him what he asked us about the bike, that is, last year’s setup. Here we won last year, we cannot define Portimao as an enemy track. ”
10:55 – Green light in the pitlane, FP1 starts in Portimao
10:53 – Fabio Quartararo is also looking for his first victory of the season, who despite a not very brilliant start is 5th in the world championship at 44 points, only 17 points away from the leader Bastianini.
10:52 – A lot of attention on Marc Marquez, who in Austin gave birth to an impressive comeback. The Spaniard has shown that he can be a contender for the world championship, but obviously he needs a great result to re-launch himself in the standings.
10:50 – Welcome to our LIVE chronicle of the FP1 MotoGP in Portimao. The rain welcomed the riders this morning, it will be a ‘wet’ Friday for this 5th round of the 2022 world championship
The European MotoGP season begins with the fifth round of the world championship, which takes place on the splendid Portimao track, in the Algarve. An extremely important stage for many reasons and above all to understand if what we saw in the first four stages can be the trend of the season or if in this 2022 a real man to beat will finally emerge.
At the moment this role belongs by right to Enea Bastianini, a two-time winner between Qatar and Austin and leader in the world rankings, but there are many protagonists who are just waiting for the chance to make up for it and re-enter the contests for the title. The first on the list is probably the reigning champion, that is a Fabio Quartararo who perhaps too often is complaining about a Yamaha that no longer works properly, to which among other things they do echo the words of Andrea Dovizioso.
Then there is Pecco Bagnaia, who has not yet reached the podium after finishing 2021 as a dominator and having also collected Ducati’s confirmation for the coming seasons. Pecco has to change the inertia of this championship if he wants to get into the game and the same task belongs to Marc Marquez. The Spaniard has overcome the second episode of diplopia and in Austin he could have won without the problem at the start, so considering him out of the world championship games appears at least imprudent.
Our LIVE chronicle of the FP1 MotoGP in Portimao will start at 10:55, Stay Tuned!