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Portuguese MotoGP: Quartararo eases to win, Marquez seventh

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo dominated the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix following a late crash for Alex Rins, while Marc Marquez was seventh in his comeback race.

Portimao Moto3: Acosta wins last-lap duel to take points lead

Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta has taken a commanding championship lead after winning a thrilling last-lap Portuguese Grand Prix duel by 0.051 seconds from Dennis Foggia.

MotoGP yellow flag penalty should be harsher – Espargaro

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro believes stricter penalties should be imposed on riders who repeatedly set fast lap times under yellow flag conditions in MotoGP following qualifying controversy in Portugal.

Rossi “worried” by current MotoGP form after qualifying 17th Portugal GP
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Rossi “worried” by current MotoGP form after qualifying 17th

Valentino Rossi admits he is “worried” about his form on the Petronas SRT Yamaha compared to his factory counterparts, after qualifying 17th for the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix.

Marquez "will suffer" in his return MotoGP race

Marc Marquez admits he "will suffer" in his first MotoGP race in nine months in Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix as his arm felt "worse" during qualifying.

Mir upset with Marquez over "dangerous" MotoGP qualifying tactic

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says Marc Marquez’s tactics in the first part of qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix were “dangerous”.

Vinales "cannot understand" cancelled MotoGP qualifying laps Portugal GP
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Vinales "cannot understand" cancelled MotoGP qualifying laps

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales says he “can’t understand” why he had his laps in MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying cancelled for exceeding track limits, as he insists he didn’t.

Portuguese MotoGP: Quartararo on pole as Bagnaia lap deleted Portugal GP
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Portuguese MotoGP: Quartararo on pole as Bagnaia lap deleted

Francesco Bagnaia had a record-smashing pole lap cancelled for a yellow flag infringement in a dramatic MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying, with Fabio Quartararo promoted to pole.

Jorge Martin set for surgery after violent MotoGP practice crash

Jorge Martin requires surgery on a fractured hand and foot following a violent crash during FP3 for the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix, which has ruled him out of the race.

Miller won’t know if arm surgery total success until Jerez

Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller admits he won’t know until the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez in two weeks’ time if his recent arm surgery was a “massive success”.

Portuguese MotoGP: Quartararo fastest in FP3, Marquez to Q1

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo topped a red-flagged third MotoGP practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix, which was halted following a massive accident for Pramac’s Jorge Martin.

KTM unhappy with Portugal MotoGP tyre "handicap"

Both factory KTM riders are unhappy with Michelin’s decision to remove last year’s race-winning front tyre from this weekend’s MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix allocation.

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come...

Mir: Marquez’s MotoGP return doesn’t change my motivation

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says his motivation has not been altered by the return of six-time premier class title-winner Marc Marquez at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Quartararo's Portugal MotoGP form helped by "less complaining"

Fabio Quartararo says he is "complaining less" about his Yamaha MotoGP bike during practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix compared to last year, which is "helping a lot".

Marquez 'doesn’t understand' Portimao MotoGP practice speed

Marc Marquez admits he 'doesn't understand' why he was so strong on his return to MotoGP action in Portuguese Grand Prix practice, 265 days after he last rode his Honda.

Martin hit by "dangerous" stability issue in MotoGP practice

Doha MotoGP podium finisher and poleman Jorge Martin was left three seconds off the pace after FP2 for the Portuguese Grand Prix due to “dangerous” instability on his Pramac Ducati.

Portuguese MotoGP: Bagnaia leads Quartararo in FP2

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia led Fabio Quartararo on the Yamaha in FP2 for the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix, while the returning Marc Marquez was sixth after a dramatic final lap.

F1 and MotoGP to honour late Fausto Gresini on Sunday

The Formula 1 and MotoGP paddock will come together this Sunday to observe a moment of silence for late team boss and two-time 125cc world champion Fausto Gresini.

Portuguese MotoGP: Vinales fastest in FP1, Marquez third

Maverick Vinales led opening practice for the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix as Marc Marquez completed the top three on his return to action following a nine-month injury layoff.

Dovizioso's Aprilia MotoGP bike feedback "similar" to Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro says Andrea Dovizioso has a “similar understanding” of the Aprilia MotoGP bike to him following the ex-Ducati rider’s first test on the RS-GP this week.

Honda "not in the best situation" with MotoGP bike – Marquez

Marc Marquez admits “Honda is not in the best situation” with its MotoGP bike as the problems he left following his injury last year seemingly remain.

Mir’s crew chief out of Portimao round with COVID-19

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir’s crew chief Frankie Carchedi has been ruled out of this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix due to a positive COVID-19 test.

“Crap” comments forced Miller to "turn off" social media

Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller says he “turned off” social media following his tough Qatar races, as reading “crap” comments “isn’t going to do my mental wellbeing any good”.

Marquez “nervous” ahead of MotoGP return

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits he is “nervous” ahead of his injury return at the Portuguese Grand Prix, which is “not normal” for the Honda rider.

Petrucci discovered shoulder dislocation after Qatar MotoGP races

Tech 3 KTM rider Danilo Petrucci revealed he suffered a shoulder dislocation in his Qatar Grand Prix crash last month but only found out upon returning home from the Doha GP.

Mir: “Dangerous” Miller clash must be punished in future

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says a “dangerous” clash like the one he had with Jack Miller in the Doha Grand Prix has to be punished in future.

Espargaro: “Important” for Honda to have Marc Marquez back

Pol Espargaro says “it’s important” for Honda and himself to have six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez back for the Portuguese Grand Prix, noting there’s “high emotion” surrounding his return.

Dovizioso explains "smart" decision to test Aprilia

Fifteen-time MotoGP race winner Andrea Dovizioso says testing the Aprilia at Jerez this week was “smart” for him as he continues to work towards a comeback in 2022.

Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

Mir has to ride MotoGP qualifying laps in 'unnatural' way

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says he is having ride qualifying laps on his Suzuki in a style “not really natural” to him.

Lorenzo: Rossi “disappointed” me, his fans in Doha MotoGP

Triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo says ex-Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi’s Doha Grand Prix weekend “disappointed me as I suppose he has disappointed his fans”.

Petrucci feels he is "too big" for KTM MotoGP bike

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci says he is “too big” for the KTM he is riding in Tech 3 colours this year and likened it to being on a Moto3 machine.

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The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

UN issues damning report on Indonesian venue set to host MotoGP

The United Nations has released a damning report on human rights violations on the Indonesian island of Lombok related to construction of the Mandalika resort set to host MotoGP.

MotoGP eyes test on new Indonesia street track in 2021
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MotoGP eyes test on new Indonesia street track in 2021

MotoGP could stage a test at the Mandalika Street Circuit in Indonesia this year ahead of the return of the Indonesian Grand Prix in 2022.

Rossi unsure if MotoGP form will rebound in Europe

Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi admits he is unsure if his poor form from the Qatar MotoGP races will rebound when the series returns to Europe next week.

No change to Spielberg Turn 2 after horror MotoGP crash

No changes will be made to the Red Bull Ring's Turn 2 layout following the horror collision between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli in the 2020 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix.

Bagnaia admits Doha MotoGP mistake was “unacceptable”

Francesco Bagnaia says “confidence” in his Ducati caused the mistake which cost him a podium shot in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, admitting it was “unacceptable” as a factory rider.

Quartararo: Sharing MotoGP podium with Zarco a career highlight

Fabio Quartararo says sharing France’s first ever MotoGP 1-2 with Johann Zarco in the Doha Grand Prix was “one of the best moments of my career”.

Ducati MotoGP rider Miller undergoes arm surgery

Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller has undergone a successful operation on an arm pump issue following last Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix in Qatar.

Binder was "scared" about Doha MotoGP tyre gamble

KTM’s Brad Binder admits he was “really quite scared” of having to use the medium front tyre in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix but “didn’t have a choice”.

Vinales: You have to be "crazy" fighting Ducati riders

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales says "you have to be crazy sometimes" when fighting Ducati MotoGP riders following last Sunday's Doha Grand Prix.

MotoGP rookie Bastianini blinded by hair in Doha GP

Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini admits he was unable to advance on 11th in the final laps of the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix as “my hair got in my eyes”.

McPhee apologises for punch-up after Doha Moto3 crash

Petronas Sprinta Moto3 rider John McPhee has issued an apology for fighting with Jeremy Alcoba following a crash late on in the Doha Grand Prix.

Rins explains "super scary" Doha MotoGP save

Suzuki's Alex Rins has explained what caused his "super scary" front end moment during the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix which resulted in a spectacular save.

Espargaro: Finishing 13th in Doha MotoGP round “disgusting”

Honda's Pol Espargaro has harshly judged his 13th in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix as "disgusting" but is adamant he is "sat on the best bike on the grid".

Zarco: MotoGP points lead "not redemption" for KTM nadir

Pramac’s Johann Zarco leads the MotoGP standings following the Doha Grand Prix, but doesn’t consider this any form of “redemption” following his near career-ending KTM nadir in 2019.

Martin dedicates first MotoGP podium to late Gresini

Jorge Martin has dedicated his maiden MotoGP podium in the Doha Grand Prix to the late Fausto Gresini, having raced for the Italian in Moto3.

Quartararo: Doha MotoGP win “most special” of my career

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo says his victory in the Doha Grand Prix is the “most special” one of his MotoGP career.

Mir: “Super dangerous” Miller Doha GP clash “intentional”

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says Jack Miller ‘intentionally’ hit him on the pit straight at close to 200km/h in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, saying the Ducati rider showed “no respect”.

Doha MotoGP: Quartararo wins as Mir and Miller clash

Fabio Quartararo recovered from a poor start on his Yamaha to take a commanding victory in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, while rookie Jorge Martin scored his maiden podium.

Doha Moto2: Lowes holds off Gardner for second straight win

Sam Lowes fended off Remy Gardner to claim his second-successive win in 2021 in a tense Moto2 Doha Grand Prix, as rookie Raul Fernandez bagged his first podium.

Doha Moto3: KTM's Acosta charges from pitlane to win

Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta claimed his maiden victory in a chaotic Doha Grand Prix having started from pitlane, the Ajo KTM rider fending off Darryn Binder by 0.039 seconds.

Struggling Morbidelli has to “wing it” in Doha MotoGP race

Franco Morbidelli admits his feeling on his Petronas SRT Yamaha is bad “no matter what we do” and will have to “wing it” in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix.

Martin: Wins in junior classes “better” than first MotoGP pole

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits winning races in Moto2 and Moto3 felt “better” than scoring his maiden MotoGP pole position on Saturday ahead of the Doha Grand Prix.

Martin: Doha GP “not my day to win” despite maiden pole Doha GP
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Martin: Doha GP “not my day to win” despite maiden pole

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix is “not my day to win”, despite storming to a sensational maiden MotoGP pole on Saturday.

Rossi explains worst-ever MotoGP qualifying result

Valentino Rossi says he was “never strong” on Saturday of the Doha Grand Prix, after registering his worst-ever MotoGP qualifying result of 21st.

Doha MotoGP: Rookie Martin claims sensational maiden pole Doha GP
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Doha MotoGP: Rookie Martin claims sensational maiden pole

MotoGP rookie Jorge Martin led a Pramac Ducati 1-2 in a thrilling Doha Grand Prix qualifying, as Valentino Rossi registered his worst-ever premier class qualifying result.

Doha MotoGP: Quartararo tops wind-affected FP3, Mir to Q1

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo topped a wind-affected FP2 for the Doha Grand Prix, as MotoGP world champion Joan Mir once again missed the Q2 cut.