MotoGP: Martin wins in Portugal

Bastianini and Acosta on the podium in Portimao

Quartararo finishes 7th, Zarco is 15th, Bagnaia falls

On Saturday, it was Enea Bastianini during qualifying and Maverick Viñales during the sprint race who livened up the MotoGP day. But this Sunday of the Portuguese Grand Prix, Jorge Martín showed from the warm-up that he had to be counted on in Portimao.

And in fact, it was the No. 89 Ducati Desmosedici GP that emerged fastest from the starting grid to take the lead from the pole winner. Also with good pace, Viñales overtook the two official Ducatis to take second place while Francesco Bagnaia began a muscular duel with Marc Márquez.

Quickly, Alex Márquez, Franco Morbidelli and Raúl Fernández made mistakes. Behind the top five, Pedro Acosta puts pressure on Brad Binder. The two men even manage to get revenge on Marc Márquez. The rookie then manages to calmly overtake his two opponents to launch himself behind Bagnaia. Acosta even attempted an attack in the eleventh round, but missed and narrowly avoided a knockdown.

At the front, Martín finally manages to distance himself from Viñales. Nobody will be able to catch him and the Spaniard will win a few minutes later. At the same time, Bagnaia is overtaken by Acosta and then sees Márquez return to him. The two men resume their muscular duel, but this time, 93 misses his attack and hits the Italian. Both men fall and get no points. Hard blow for Bagnaia who loses the lead in the ranking.

The comings and goings did not end, because at the beginning of the last lap, Viñales found a problem in the gearbox of his Aprilia and fell in the first corner when he was in third place. Acosta did not take long to take advantage of this incident, achieving third place and his first podium in the premier category, behind Enea Bastianini.

Binder and Miller put the two KTM RC16s in the top five, followed by Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Quartararo. Even in difficulties like the other Honda drivers, Johann Zarco managed to score the point for 15th place. In the general classification, Martin is now the sole leader with 60 points, ahead of Brad Binder (42 points), Enea Bastianini (39 points) and Francesco Bagnaia (37 points).

MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix – Race classification

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