2021 MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix Preview

This weekend sees MotoGP, as well as Moto3 and Moto2, contest its penultimate Grand Prix of the 2021 season.

In Moto3 Pedro Acosta heads the rider standings going into the second Grand Prix at Portimao. The Spaniard has a 21 point advantage over second placed Dennis Foggia. This is after Acosta finished third in the second Misano race which Foggia would go on to win.

Completing the top three in the standings, and 45 points behind Foggia, is Sergio Garcia who has missed the most recent Grand Prix due to injury. The Spaniard has a 13 point gap to fourth placed Jaume Masia who finished second in the race prior to this weekend.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner heads the standings and is 18 points clear of teammate, and title rival, Raul Fernandez. This is after Gardner finished seventh in the second Misano race while Fernandez crashed out, the Spaniard’s third retirement of the season.

Completing the top three in the Moto2 rider standings is Marco Bezzecchi who also failed to finish in Misano. The Italian is 56 points behind Fernandez and is 41 points clear of fourth placed Sam Lowes.

Lowes won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Briton joined on the podium by teammate Augusto Fernandez, and Aron Canet. The latter two are fifth and sixth in the championship respectively heading into this weekend, with Augusto Fernandez 14 points behind Lowes and 11 points ahead of Canet, who himself has a four point advantage over seventh placed Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Fabio Quartararo enters this weekend’s Grand Prix having clinched the 2021 MotoGP championship in Misano after finishing fourth, while title rival Francesco Bagnaia crashed out of the lead.

Bagnaia is still second in the rider standings and is 27 points clear of third placed Joan Mir, who also failed to finish last time out in Misano. The 2020 MotoGP champion has a 23 point advantage over fourth placed Johann Zarco who finished fifth in Misano.

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The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was won by Marc Marquez, his third race victory of the 2021 season. He was joined on the podium by his teammate Pol Espargaro, clinching a 1-2 finish for the Repsol Honda team, while Enea Bastianini finished third.

Marquez will start this weekend’s Grand Prix sixth in the rider standings with Jack Miller seven points ahead in fifth and Brad Binder six points behind in seventh. Marquez however is set to miss this weekend’s Grand Prix after suffering concussion whilst training. Pol Espargaro and Enea Bastianini head into the penultimate Grand Prix of the season twelfth and thirteenth respectively in the championship. The pair are separated by three points at the start of this weekend.

In his final race at Misano, Valentino Rossi finished tenth, one of the Italian’s best results of a difficult 2021 season. Rossi is twenty first in the rider standings and is two points behind Luca Marini who finished ninth in Misano.

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