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Oliveira wins home race in Portugal to close MotoGP season
PORTIMÃO, Portugal (AP) — Miguel Oliveira won at home in MotoGP’s season-ending Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday. Oliveira won from pole position for his second victory of the season, finishing ahead of Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli. “It's unreal, you dream about these kinds of races and to finally be able to win, it's incredible,” Oliveira said. “It's extra special because my family didn't get to see live my first win, and they get to see it live here. An incredible day for me, very emotional.
There were significantly more medium front tires on the tires in the afternoon than in the first training session. Many managed an early increase, but
, Alex Marquez's FT1 best time, remained at first,With this, the Japanese took the lead after a few laps of the session and held it into the final phase, as the drivers initially concentrated on working on their race pace and on the set-up so that nobody was chasing times.
LCR-Honda strong on the road
MotoGP Portimao FT2: Ducati best time, Valentino Rossi only penultimate after a crash
© Motorsport Images Johann Zarco took the lead in the final phase Johann Zarco (Avintia-Ducati) sat in the second practice session for the MotoGP season finale in Portimao strong in scene and secured the best time ( to FT2 result ). Zarco lapped the course in 1: 39.417 minutes and was thus slightly faster than Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia). As in the FT1, the 22 pilots were able to train longer than usual in the FT2.
Only at the beginning of the last ten minutes did the first move out on fresh, soft tires to complete a few more flying laps. The goal was still to beat Alex Marquez's 1: 48.184 minutes from the first free practice session. The first rider to beat this time was Suzuki rider Joan Mir. He took the lead, but was soon ousted by Nakagami, who marked the first 1:47 time of the weekend. Vinales also cracked 1:48 but was 0.175 seconds behind Nakagami, which was enough for second place. Crutchlow underlined the strong form of the Hondas as third. At the finish he was 0.329 seconds short of the LCR team-mate in the lead. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha) was able to improve significantly compared to the morning and finished training in fourth place, 0.382 seconds behind.
No Ducati in the top 10
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The former world championship leader followed his title rival Mir for a few laps and studied the Spaniard's strengths on the Suzuki. This time it was in fifth place, exactly four tenths behind. Alex Marquez could not improve in the afternoon, but thanks to his FT1 best time he is sixth in the overall standings. There, Alex Rins (Suzuki), Iker Lecuona (Tech-3-KTM), Pol Espargaro (KTM) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) round off the top 10. After two training sessions, Stefan Bradl is in eleventh place and is 0.662 seconds behind the fastest time of his brand colleague Nakagami. Things went badly for the Ducatis again: Johann Zarco (Avinitia-Ducati) finished the day in thirteenth place within a second of the top. Danilo Petrucci, Jack Miller and Andrea Dovizioso were already missing from positions 17 to 19 by more than a second. Francesca Bagnaia fell and was penultimate.
European MotoGP: Miller tops wet FP1, Quartararo slowest .
Jack Miller topped a wet first practice for the MotoGP European Grand Prix at Valencia, as Fabio Quartararo was last and Yamaha stand-in Garrett Gerloff impressed in 16th. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Jack Miller, Pramac Racing KTM's Pol Espargaro – who scored his and KTM's first MotoGP podium in a wet Valencia race in 2018 – led the early part of the session with a 1m47.855s, before Miller took over with a 1m45.191s. The Pramac rider was soon deposed by Ducati stablemate and Le Mans winner in wet conditions Danilo Petrucci, who set a brace of session-best efforts culminating in a 1m43.235s.