Zarco bags early Algarve advantage with Friday P1

Zarco bags early Algarve advantage with Friday P1

The Frenchman finishes top of the pile after a brilliant Day 1 in Portimao, under half a second covers top 11 riders

Friday, November 20, 2020 (8:17 am)

The Frenchman finishes top of the pile after a brilliant Day 1 in Portimao, under half a second covers top 11 riders

 

At the end of the first-ever Free Practice Friday at the Algarve International Circuit, Esponsorama Racing’s Johann Zarco set a 1:39.417 in MotoGP™ FP2 to lead the field into qualifying day. The Frenchman finished 0.119 ahead of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) on Day 1 at the Grande Premio MEO de Portugal, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completing the top three as every rider improves their time in the second 70-minute stint.

 

Six minutes into the session saw the first MotoGP™ crash of the weekend though. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was down at Turn 8 after the front end of his GSX-RR folded away, the Spaniard was perfectly ok. Not an ideal start to the afternoon for the Suzuki rider, with Aleix Espargaro leading the early stages with a 1:40.969, less than a second away from Oliveira’s FP1 pace.


Zarco was down to a 1:40.723 to then sit top with just under an hour to go, that was the Frenchman’s best time of the weekend. Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team), as he did in the opening Free Practice session, then sat fastest. It was time good enough to hold a provisional Q2 place too as the German really hit the ground running in Portimao. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Zarco joined Bradl in the top three and it was those riders who had improved their times inside the overall top 10. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) and Iker Lecuona replacement Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM Tech3) were the other riders to have already gone quicker in FP2 with 50 minutes to go.

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