Practice 1 MotoGP Portugal: Impressive Alex Marquez approaches Pecco’s record

Fabio Quartararo left the pit lane first shortly after the green light came on. It uses a combination of soft and medium tires.

Franco Morbidelli made Lin Jarvis nervous because he experienced a highside from Turn 8 when he had just paved for four minutes. He managed to get his bike back to the garage.

Johann Zarco recorded the fastest time with 1:54.483 followed by Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini. Meanwhile, Quartararo and Marc Marquez were only outside for a while. They already looked to be in the box after less than four minutes on the track.

Up to seven minutes, only three racers were able to record time. Marini took over the top spot with 1:53.818. Bezzecchi also cut the time by four minutes to 1:49,000 about two minutes later.

Francesco Bagnaia was back on the motorbike in the 15th minute. At that time, there was a struggle for the first position between Jack Miller and Marini. The KTM rider tops the charts with 1:43.318.

Quartararo is still looking for a way to force his bike to run fast on the second stint. Unfortunately, the lap time was removed for breaking sector 2 where there was a yellow flag.

Fabio Di Giannantonio fell at Turn 5. His condition was not worrying because he was able to get up and run towards the motorbike that was transporting him to the garage.

Jack Miller got stronger and managed to break through the limit of 1 minute 41 seconds. Jorge Martin shot with 1:40.396 in the 20th minute. Miguel Oliveira and Quartararo are behind him.

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Martin was stronger at the top with 1:39.819 seconds as the second and third place occupants kept changing. The Marquez brothers stuck to the Pramac Racing racer with 19 minutes remaining. Marc is in P2 and Alex is P3, while Quartararo fills in P4 and Oliveira P5.

Factory Ducati racer, Enea Bastianini is at his best with the P11. Meanwhile, Francesco Bagnaia is in 19th place.

Applause deserves to be given to Aleix Espargaro, who recently underwent muscle fibrosis surgery, managed to reach sixth place.

Around the last 12 minutes, Bagnaia managed to control the Desmosedici GP23 and accelerated to record the fourth fastest time. He is ahead of Zarco and Maverick Vinales. Meanwhile, Bastianini is in 10th place.

Pecco cut the gap to only 0.2 seconds with Martin on lap 10. He displaced Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez.

Ducati still shows its superiority by placing Alex Marquez in the top position after recording 1:38.782. That’s close to Bagnaia’s record, 1:38.725, on that track.

Joan Mir P2 and duo VR46 Racing, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, finished third and fourth. Zarco P5, Vinales P6, Martin slipped to P7, Quartararo finished eighth, Pecco P9 and Marc Marquez completed the top 10.

Results of Practice 1 MotoGP Portugal 2023

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