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Marc Marquez finishes Portuguese MotoGP race in 7th place

Written by Nizam Shaikh

After the assessment of the surgery for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus, Hospital Ruber Internacional medical team gave Marc Marquez a green light to race at the Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve (Algarve International Circuit). Now, the race results are in and the eight-time World Champion has finished the Portuguese Grand Prix in 7th place even after returning to the track following a 518-day break.

Round Three of the MotoGP

Both the Repsol Honda Team riders reported feeling their respective Honda RC213V machines, as the MotoGP World Championship commenced in Algarve. The warm-up sessions were uneventful but pretty important for Marc Marquez as he returned after a long absence. Due to the injuries to the right-hand humerus, Marc had been out of the saddle for the entire 2020 season and the opening season of 2021. The team of Doctors operating on Marquez prevented him from joining the Qatar Grand Prix as well as the Grand Prix of Doha, held at Losail International Circuit.

After a thorough medical review, Doctors found out evident progress in the bone consolidation process and his clinical condition. This led to the return of the Spaniard to Portugal, the round three of MotoGP 2021.

Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal Results

It was lights-out in Algarve and Marc Marquez began his fight from 6th place to the 3rd. The still recovering racer then found himself easing the intensity. Any mistakes now would cost him gravely and thus the racer worked to hold his spot in the top ten. The set objective was to get back into the rhythm and finish the race. Nevertheless, Marquez crossed the line in the 7th position and became the top Honda in the constructors’ line-up. The team also scored 9 points for the endeavour and Marc Marquez finished with a time gap of 13.208 seconds.

Pol Espargaro’s Technical Problem

Unfortunately, Pol Espargaro had a DNF (Did Not Finish). After a few laps, a technical problem with the RC213V brought Pol back into the garage. Pol was battling to be inside the top ten positions when a rear brake problem dropped him to the back of the bunch. This became Pol’s first DNF with the Repsol Honda Team.

Preparing for Jerez

The team is now preparing for round four in Jerez. Both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro will have another chance to continue their journey towards the championship. The riders promise to show more potential for the Honda RC213V machine in the next round. Stefan Bradl is also hard at work gathering crucial data for the team.

Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal Results
Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1QUARTARARO FABIO20FRA25Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha41’46.412
2BAGNAIA FRANCESCO63ITA20Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati4.809
3MIR JOAN36SPA16Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki4.948
4MORBIDELLI FRANCO21ITA13Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha5.127
5BINDER BRAD33RSA11Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM6.668
6ESPARGARO ALEIX41SPA10Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia8.885
7MARQUEZ MARC93SPA9Repsol Honda TeamHonda13.208
8MARQUEZ ALEX73SPA8LCR HondaHonda17.992
9BASTIANINI ENEA23ITA7Avintia EsponsoramaDucati22.369
10NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI30JPN6LCR HondaHonda23.676
11VINALES MAVERICK12SPA5Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha23.761
12MARINI LUCA10ITA4SKY VR46 AvintiaDucati29.66
13PETRUCCI DANILO9ITA3Tech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM29.836
14SAVADORI LORENZO32ITA2Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia38.941
15LECUONA IKER27SPA1Tech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM50.642
16OLIVEIRA MIGUEL88POR0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1 Lap
17ZARCO JOHANN5FRA0Pramac RacingDucatiDNF
18RINS ALEX42SPA0Team Suzuki EcstarSuzukiDNF
19ROSSI VALENTINO46ITA0Petronas Yamaha SRTYamahaDNF
20MILLER JACK43AUS0Ducati Lenovo Team