Quartararo wins Portuguese MotoGP, Marquez seventh on comeback

PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL (AFP) – Fabio Quartararo won his second consecutive race when he took the Portuguese MotoGP at Portimao yesterday, with six-time champion Marc Marquez seventh in his first race back after nine months out.

“I feel full confidence,” said French Yamaha rider Quartararo, who started last season strongly only to fade out of contention.

Italian Francesco Bagnaia on a Ducati was second with Spanish world champion Joan Mir of Suzuki third.

Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha-SRT) and South African Brad Binder (KTM) completed the top five.

Marquez’s seventh-placed finish came on his return after three bouts of surgery on the right arm he broke in the 2020 opener at Jerez.

He qualified in the second row and admitted on Saturday that he was “going to suffer” after such long time away from racing.

Quartararo’s compatriot Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) crashed out on lap 20 while challenging for the podium after leading the early stages of the race.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s rider Fabio Quartararo and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s rider Alex Rins (back) compete in the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao. PHOTO: AFP