Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) made history by getting the first pole position of a driver of his nationality in the queen category of world motorcycle racing and on top of that he achieved it in the Grand Prix of Portugal MotoGP, at the Portimao circuit.
Oliveira scored a absolute best time of 1: 38.892 with which he achieved the first position ahead of the Italian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1) and Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), with Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) as the best Spaniard in eighth place.
To japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V), who continues to be “obsessed” with getting his first podium of the season, hence he was seen very active in all sessions, including the fourth free session, in which the Japanese suffered a fall again At the same point as yesterday, in the second free session, turn four, when he was second in the qualifying session, behind the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16).
Nakagami could be seen physically upset by the mishap when arriving at his workshop, while on the track the French Johann Zarco took over the news when he had to leave the track with his Ducati Desmosedici GP19 releasing a worrying soft smoke that was growing more and more and that forced him to idle in the workshop street , where he stopped the engine of his motorcycle and was helped by the mechanics of his team to get to the workshop.
The Spanish Pol Espargaró (KTM RC 16) was the fastest of the free quarters, registering an impressive equality with just 71 thousandths of a second in the top five, precisely between Pol and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP).
The first classification had to be delayed for a few minutes to verify that in the area of the circuit where it crossed Johann Zarco with his “smoky” motorcycle, had not left any oil stain that could endanger the rest of the pilots in an area that reaches very high speeds.
Once the first classification was underway, much of the attention focused on seeing if the world champion Joan Mir would be able to achieve the pass to the next phase and from the first minutes he pulled hard to top the classification, ahead of the Italian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1), who surpassed him shortly after, and like him several other riders, although his fastest lap was taken from the Italian for exceeding the limits of the circuit and with that he fell to seventh place.
Although on his return to the track Morbidelli recovered the first position shortly after, although later the British relegated him to second place by 26 thousandths of a second Cal Crutchlow, who were the ones who went on to the next classification, while Joan Mir finished 20th, far from the top positions.
The Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) was the first to set a reference time with 1: 39.698, although in the next lap Franco Morbidelli snatched it with a sequence of three consecutive fast laps 1: 39.245, then 1: 39.141 and 1: 38.936, seconded by two Honda riders, Cal Crutchlow and the German Stefan Bradl, with Viñales by then fourth, although Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) climbed to third place, which was fourth when Australian Jack Miller placed second.
The session had not finished and the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira took the lead with 1: 38.892 and just a few seconds ahead to try to make the last “pole position” of the season, although no one could beat the Portuguese who was “prophet” in his land by getting the first “pole” of a Portuguese in the world championship of the premier category and above in Portugal.
After Oliveira Morbidelli and Miller finished, with Crutchlow, Quartararo and Bradl in the second row, Zarco, Viñales and Espargaró in the third row and Alex Rins, Takaaki Nakagami and Andrea Dovizioso in the fourth row.
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