Pecco Bagnaia had made a record lap in Portugal, from pole position, but the Piedmontese from Ducati will start tomorrow from the fourth row, from the eleventh box. Fault of a yellow flag, or rather two, because twice Bagnaia had his time canceled due to the flag exposed first for the fall of Zarco and then for that of Oliveira. The rule is clear, the time is canceled if a driver passes on the scene of an accident and so it was. The blindfolded goddess did not look in the direction of Pecco today, who once returned to the pits did not hide his bitterness: “They broke the boxes” the sweetened periphrasis of his words. For him it will be an uphill race and his first position was inherited by Fabio Quartararo on the Yamaha, who preceded Alex Rins on Suzuki and his compatriot Johann Zarco on Ducati. Jack Miller, Franco Morbidelli and Marc Marquez will start from the second row.
The Honda champion, back in the saddle after 9 months of hiatus, has made another half miracle. Passed from Q1 he managed to get a place for the decisive round, where he set the time that earned him 6th place. An incredible performance for Marc, who was welcomed in the pits to the applause of his team. Tomorrow the race will be difficult for him, but he has already shown that he has not lost a shred of talent and desire to race.
Continuing with the classification, Aleix Espargarò took Aprilia to 7th place, ahead of the Ducati of rookie Luca Marini, who took the whim of preceding world champion Mir. Oliveira will open the fourth row, ahead of the aforementioned Bagnaia and Viñales, who was also penalized due to a yellow flag. He once again disappointed Valentino Rossi, 17th behind Bastianini and Petrucci.
Jorge Martin’s Grand Prix, on the other hand, is already over: the Pramac team driver suffered a bad fall in the morning, at turn 7. He fractured his right thumb and right ankle and will have to be operated on.