After four overseas races, MotoGP has arrived in Europe. Now the cards are reshuffled once again. After a very chaotic Saturday, with rain and many crashes, the track was dry just in time for the race Sunday for MotoGP – and it should remain so for MotoGP. So the MotoGP riders could take a breath and go into the first European race. After four races and three different winners, it was now time to find the winner of the Portugal GP. Should there be a repeat winner, or should a new rider take the top spot on the podium?
From the start, reigning World Champion Fabio Quartararo dominated the race at the Algarve International Circuit. Quartararo secured his first MotoGP victory of the season very unchallenged. In the fourth lap, the Yamaha factory rider was able to gain the lead and did not let it go until the finish line. A superior victory and the first win for Yamaha this season. But much more exciting was the fight for the remaining podium places. Five riders tried to decide the two remaining podium places among themselves. On the 19th lap, Ducati factory rider Jack Miller attacked Johan Mir, who was ahead of him. With a little too much cockiness, Miller went into turn 1 and crashed. To make matters worse, he also cleared the Suzuki rider Mir in his fall. For both, the race ended in the gravel.
On the podium at the end were, in addition to Fabio Quartararo, the Ducati factory rider Johann Zarco and the Aprilia factory rider Aleix Espargaro.
For me, however, the man of the race was clearly Alex Rins. The Suzuki rider starts the race from 23rd on the grid and ends up in fourth place. Already in the first lap, Rins was able to work his way into the top-10. This fourth place puts the Suzuki factory rider at the top of the world championship standings, tied on points with Fabio Quartararo. For the previously leading Enea Bastianini ended the weekend in Portugal in the gravel.
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