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

New MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo topped Friday practice at the MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

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

The factory Yamaha rider celebrated clinching the 2021 riders’ world title by topping both Friday practice sessions at Portimao – a circuit he won at back in April – edging Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia by 0.132s at the end of FP2.

Jack Miller on the sister factory Ducati claimed third place in both Friday practice sessions, with Suzuki’s Joan Mir in fourth place at the end of the second session.

Pol Espargaro led the factory Honda charge in fifth place with regular team-mate Marc Marquez missing the Algarve GP after suffering concussion in a training accident last weekend.

Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco slotted into sixth place in FP2 ahead of Alex Marquez on the LCR Honda and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Alex Rins (Suzuki) rounded out the top 10 and provisional automatic Q2 spots.

What time does qualifying start for the Algarve MotoGP?

Qualifying for the Algarve MotoGP is set to start at 2:10pm GMT (2:10pm local time), using the regular Q1 and Q2 sessions format. Qualifying takes place directly after the 30-minute FP4 session which is set to start at 1:30pm GMT (1:30pm local time).

Track action

Track action

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The fastest 10 MotoGP riders on the FP1-2-3 combined timesheet automatically head into Q2, with the rest of the riders entering Q1 of qualifying. The two riders who are fastest in the 15-minute Q1 session will progress into Q2 to compete with the top 10 from practice. Q2, which also lasts 15 minutes, decides who gets pole position and the qualifying order for the front four rows of the grid.

Date: Saturday 6th November 2021
Start time: 2:10pm GMT (2:10pm local time)

How can I watch Algarve MotoGP qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every MotoGP practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on BT Sport.

Algarve MotoGP qualifying will be broadcast on BT Sport 2, with the programme starting at 12pm GMT to also cover qualifying for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes.

TV Channel: BT Sport 2
Start time: 12:00pm GMT

MotoGP also offers its own live online video streaming service which is available to stream in the UK.

Why is it called the Algarve GP?

With races not allowed to be given the same race names in the same MotoGP world championship season, Portimao’s second race of the season has been called the Algarve GP, named after the region of Portugal the circuit is located in.

It takes inspiration from the other double-headers MotoGP put on both in 2020 and this year as part of the reshuffled calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this season Qatar hosted the first-ever Doha GP as the second leg of its back-to-back races, while the Red Bull Ring hosted the Styrian GP as its second part of its double-header and Misano hosted the Emilia Romagna GP as its second race of the year.

Portimao hosted the Portuguese GP earlier this season in April.

Why is MotoGP holding two races at Portimao?

As part of the COVID-19-hit campaign the 2021 MotoGP calendar has been tweaked due to various travel restrictions in place across the world. The Finnish, Japanese, Thai, Australian, Malaysian and Argentina MotoGP rounds have all been cancelled for 2021.

In order to bulk out the calendar, Losail, the Red Bull Ring, Misano and Portimao will all host two races this season.

What's the weather forecast for qualifying at Portimao?

Dry and sunny weather conditions are forecast for qualifying at Portimao on Saturday afternoon, with a very small chance of rain and highs of 19 degrees Celsius - three degrees warmer than qualifying for the Emilia Romagna GP last time out.

Algarve GP free practice 2 results

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.390  
2 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.522 0.132
3 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.611 0.221
4 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.680 0.290
5 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 1'39.792 0.402
6 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.889 0.499
7 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.042 0.652
8 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.069 0.679
9 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.122 0.732
10 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.176 0.786
11 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 1'40.179 0.789
12 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.225 0.835
13 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'40.231 0.841
14 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'40.284 0.894
15 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.323 0.933
16 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'40.467 1.077
17 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'40.498 1.108
18 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.700 1.310
19 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.935 1.545
20 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.097 1.707
21 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.174 1.784
22 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'41.214 1.824

Algarve GP free practice 1 results

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.192  
2 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.237 0.045
3 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.323 0.131
4 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.551 0.359
5 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.689 0.497
6 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.785 0.593
7 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 1'40.795 0.603
8 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'40.853 0.661
9 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.887 0.695
10 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.889 0.697
11 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.948 0.756
12 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.995 0.803
13 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'41.084 0.892
14 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.199 1.007
15 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'41.215 1.023
16 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'41.296 1.104
17 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 1'41.348 1.156
18 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'41.375 1.183
19 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'41.392 1.200
20 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'41.556 1.364
21 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1'41.654 1.462
22 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'42.080 1.888
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