2021 MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix Preview

This weekend MotoGP, along with Moto2 and Moto3, are set to return to action in Portimao for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

In Moto3 it is rookie Pedro Acosta who leads the championship having claimed second in the season opener before coming from a pitlane start to claim victory in the second Grand Prix of the season. The Spaniard has a nine point advantage over Darryn Binder who is second in the championship, the South African having finished on the podium in the opening two races of the season.

Binder has a four point advantage over Jaume Masia in third who followed up his victory in the season opener with ninth. Masia has a six point advantage over Niccolo Antonelli who is fourth in the standings going into this weekend.

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Sam Lowes leads the Moto2 championship from Remy Gardner. There is a 10 point gap between the two as Lowes claimed victory in both ‘Qatar 1’ and ‘Qatar 2’ while Gardner finished second in both races. Third in the championship is Moto2 rookie Raul Fernandez who was classified fifth in the season opener before going on to claim third in the second Grand Prix in Qatar. Fernandez is 13 points behind Gardner and has a one point advantage over Marco Bezzecchi who is fourth in the championship.

In the premier class Johann Zarco leads Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales by four points heading into the race weekend. Zarco has finished second in the opening two Grand Prix of the season while Quartararo and Vinales both have a fifth place finish and a victory to their name.

Reigning MotoGP champion Joan Mir will enter the weekend sixth in the championship, one point behind teammate Alex Rins in fifth, and five points ahead of leading MotoGP rookie Jorge Martin who is seventh in the championship. Martin impressed during the Doha Grand Prix where he took pole position and led the race before going on to finish third.

Pol Espargaro. Doha GP 2021” by Box Repsol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

It is still very early in all three championships but it will no doubt be another exciting Grand Prix weekend which is set to have the added intrigue of seeing which bikes perform well around Portimao. This after all three classes have spent the majority of their pre-season testing, and the opening two Grand Prix, at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

For the premier class there is also the intrigue surrounding the return of Marc Marquez who has been cleared by doctors to make a second attempt at a comeback, having spent the last nine months recovering from an injury sustained during the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix.

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