MotoGP Portugal: Home hero Oliveira fastest in FP1 at Portimao

Home hero Oliveira fastest in MotoGP Portugal FP1
Home hero Miguel Oliveira won FP1 for the first MotoGP Grand Prix in Portugal since 2012 before the 2020 season finale at the Algarve International Circuit.
MotoGP's return to Portugal coincides with their first visit to the Algarve, which previously ran in Estoril.
The training sessions on Friday were extended to 70 minutes each in order to have enough time to familiarize themselves with the race track on the Algarve Circuit. However, a few have already covered MotoGP kilometers after testing last month.
The newly crowned world champion Joan Mir set the early pace with a time of 1: 43.169 minutes, although the lap times would improve steadily over the course of training.
In the first 25 minutes, the top spot was traded between Oliveira on the Tech3 KTM, Alex Rins from Suzuki, Jack Miller from Pramac and the Yamaha factory of Maverick Vinales.
The latter's 1: 41.427 seconds would stand another 15 minutes before Oliveira - who is incredibly familiar with the Algarve route - dropped Vinales in 1: 41.258 minutes.
This wouldn't be long in coming, however, as Honda's Stefan Bradl, who - together with the Aprilia duo - drove his RC213V to the top of the rankings with a time of 1: 41.235 minutes in last month's test.
Fabio Quartararo admitted on Thursday that his main priority is just having fun in order to end his recent miserable run.
Home hero Oliveira fastest in MotoGP Portugal FP1
With the high grip level of the resurfaced asphalt that played into the hands of the Yamaha, Quartararo was the fastest with 1: 40.877 seconds, and there were just over 22 minutes left.
The Petronas SRT rider would be dethroned by Yamaha colleague Vinales, who dived 0.008 seconds under Aleix Espargaro's best lap in the Algarve test with a time of 1: 40.162 seconds.
But Oliveira lit the timing screens on his final lap, producing 1: 40.122 seconds to finish the session 0.040 seconds ahead of the Yamaha rider.
Aprilias Espargaro led his teammate Lorenzo Savadori in third, with Pol Espargaro rounding off the top 5 at the start of his last KTM appearance.
Cal Crutchlow's farewell MotoGP weekend as a full-time rider began with him in sixth place on the LCR Honda, with Mir, Quartararo, Takaaki Nakagami's and Bradl's sister LCR Honda completing the top 10.
Rins didn't make a late time attack, finishing in 11th ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati and Franco Morbidelli of SRT, while his Yamaha colleague Valentino Rossi was a reluctant 19th as he prepared for his last weekend with the factory squad.
The field of 22 riders was completed by KTM tester Mika Kallio, who replaces Iker Lecuona at Tech3 after the Spaniard tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
MotoGP Portuguese GP FP1 results
Item
driver
team
gap
1
Miguel Oliveira
Tech3 KTM
1m40.122s
2
Maverick Vinales
Yamaha
0.040 s
3
Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia
0.114 s
4th
Lorenzo Savadori
Aprilia
0.175 s
5
Pol Espargaro
KTM
0.558s
6th
Cal Crutchlow
LCR Honda
0.573 s
7th
Joan Mir
Suzuki
0.734 s
8th
Fabio Quartararo
Petronas Yamaha
0.755 s
9
Takaaki Nakagami
LCR Honda
0.756 s
10
Stefan Bradl
Honda
0.798s
11
Alex Rins
Suzuki
0.838 s
12th
Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati
0.839 s
13
Franco Morbidelli
Petronas Yamaha
1.045s
14th
Johann Zarco
Avintia Ducati
1.059s
15th
Alex Marquez
Honda
1.106s
16
Jack Miller
Pramac Ducati
1.149s
17th
Francesco Bagnaia
Pramac Ducati
1.311s
18th
Danilo Petrucci
Ducati
1.806s
19th
Valentino Rossi
Yamaha
1.824s
20th
Brad Binder
KTM
1,960s
21st
Tito Rabat
Avintia Ducati
3.032s
22nd
Mika Kallio
Tech3 KTM
3,788s
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