MotoGP 2021: Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo tops field following final practice, Marc Marquez in 15th position

Quartararo clocked 1min 39.044sec to finish ahead of Italians Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Friday pacesetter Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team).

Agence France-Presse April 17, 2021 18:53:00 IST
MotoGP 2021: Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo tops field following final practice, Marc Marquez in 15th position

File image of Fabio Quartararo. AP

Portimao: France's Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) topped the field going into Saturday's qualifying at the Portuguese Moto Grand Prix, but a trio of champions including the returning Marc Marquez was left scrambling for places.

Quartararo clocked 1min 39.044sec to finish ahead of Italians Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Friday pacesetter Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team).

Practice was marred by a sickening crash that saw Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) stretchered off the track straight to hospital for further medical checks. The Spaniard was conscious, but with contusions to his head, right hand and right ankle.

Spain's Alex Marquez (Honda-LCR) and Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami (Honda-LCR) both also suffered crashes.

Three world champions finished outside the top 10: Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) ended in 12th, 13th and 15th positions respectively.

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marquez made a remarkable comeback Friday in his first competitive ride since crashing nine months ago

The trio will race the first part of the qualification, with only the fastest two going on to Q2, the top 10 after the three practice sessions having already booked their slots.

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