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How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Plus

How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021, having stormed to victory at a venue where he last year served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha’s factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend has revealed one key improvement compared to 2020

Marquez’s MotoGP rivals “expected” his strong comeback

Marc Marquez’s rival MotoGP riders have praised his comeback efforts at the Portuguese Grand Prix, admitting they “expected” him to be strong despite nine months off his Honda.

Podcast: Portuguese MotoGP review and Marc Marquez's return

Fabio Quartararo has taken the lead in the MotoGP standings following a thrilling Portuguese Grand Prix, but it was the returning Marc Marquez who emerged as the real winner.

Jorge Martin surgery postponed, Jerez MotoGP return in doubt

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Martin’s surgery on fractures suffered in a violent crash during the Portuguese Grand Prix has been postponed and a Jerez return is now in doubt.

Cancelled Portugal pole lap “lost” Bagnaia MotoGP win chance

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says his “lost the possibility” to fight for victory in the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix when his pole lap in qualifying was cancelled.

Mir forced into hard overtake on Marquez in Portugal MotoGP

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says he was forced into his hard overtake on Marc Marquez on lap one of the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix because of his ninth-place starting spot.

Quartararo 'feels like he did in 2019' after Portimao MotoGP win

Portuguese Grand Prix winner Fabio Quartararo says he feels like he did in his rookie season on the 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike and is confident it will work everywhere.

Marquez "exploded" with emotion after "dream" MotoGP comeback

Marc Marquez says he ‘dreamt for so long’ about his Portuguese Grand Prix MotoGP comeback and “exploded” with emotion when he returned to his Honda garage after finishing seventh.

Vinales “worried” after “not normal” Portugal MotoGP race

Maverick Vinales admits he is “especially worried” about his old Yamaha issues hindering his 2021 MotoGP season after grip woes left him 11th in the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Portuguese MotoGP: Quartararo wins as Rins crashes late on; 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.

MotoGP yellow flag penalty should be harsher – Aleix 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.

Bagnaia: "Impossible to see" yellow flags which cost MotoGP pole

Ducati MotoGP rider Francesco Bagnaia says it was “impossible to see” the yellow flags which cost him a record-smashing pole position at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez "will suffer" in his return MotoGP race

Marc Marquez says 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 Marc 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

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.

MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch & more

Fabio Quartararo secured pole position for the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix after Francesco Bagnaia lost his provisional pole lap under yellow flags. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

Rossi “worried” by current MotoGP form in Portugal

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.

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.

Portuguese MotoGP: Bagnaia lap cancellation gifts Quartararo pole

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.

Portuguese MotoGP: Quartararo tops red-flagged FP3 after Jorge Martin crash

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.

Miller won’t know if arm surgery total success till Jerez MotoGP

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”.

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 Plus

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.

Jorge 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.

MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

MotoGP returns to Europe for the third round of the 2021 world championship with the Portuguese Grand Prix. Here’s how to watch qualifying.

Portuguese MotoGP: Bagnaia fastest from 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 double 125cc world champion Fausto Gresini.

Portuguese MotoGP: Vinales tops FP1 as Marc Marquez marks return in 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.

MotoGP champion Mir’s crew chief out of Portimao round with COVID

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 MotoGP rider 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 return from injury at the Portuguese Grand Prix, which is “not normal” for the Honda rider.

Petrucci discovered shoulder dislocation after Qatar MotoGP races

Tech3 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 MotoGP 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.

Pol Espargaro: “Important” for Honda MotoGP team 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 MotoGP bike

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.

2021 MotoGP Portuguese GP – how to watch, session times & more

MotoGP heads back to Portimao for the third round of the 2021 season, for the Portuguese Grand Prix, following an enthralling double-header opener in Qatar.

Ducati wants to keep its six MotoGP bikes for 2022

Ducati is keen to continue fielding six bikes in MotoGP beyond the 2021 season and has been in contact with Gresini Racing about a potential tie-up.

Podcast: How will Marquez fare on his MotoGP return?

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will make his long-awaited return to action this weekend at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king'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

Ducati: “Gamble” Zarco proving to be MotoGP rider “we thought he was”

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti admits signing Johann Zarco in 2020 was a “gamble” as “nobody trusted him” following his miserable part-2019 MotoGP campaign with KTM.

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

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

Aleix Espargaro has proved he's "a top-level rider" in MotoGP

Aleix Espargaro believes he’s proved he’s “a top-level” MotoGP rider at Aprilia and doesn’t believe having a stronger team-mate will dramatically boost development of the RS-GP.

Petrucci "too big" for KTM MotoGP bike

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci says he is “too big” for the KTM he is riding in Tech3 colours this year and likened it to being on a Moto3 machine.

Lorenzo: Rossi “disappointed” me and his fans with Doha MotoGP display

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

Marc Marquez cleared to make MotoGP return at Portimao

Marc Marquez will return to MotoGP for the first time in nearly a year after being given permission by doctors to take part in this month’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

Ducati not worried by missed Qatar MotoGP wins

Ducati’s sporting director Paolo Ciabatti has insisted to Autosport that the Italian marque is not worried by its failure to win either of the Qatar MotoGP races.

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

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

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.

No change to Spielberg Turn 2 after horror MotoGP smash

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.

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.

Bagnaia slams “unacceptable” Doha MotoGP race mistake

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 Doha 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.

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy