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Quartararo takes victory in Portugal, Marquez seventh

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo claimed a second consecutive MotoGP victory after leading almost from start to finish at the Portuguese Grand Prix yesterday as six-time world champion Marc Marquez finished seventh in his first race in nine months.

Quartararo, who also won in Doha two weeks ago, opened up a 15-point lead at the top of the championship standings after three rounds. Starting on pole position, Quartararo made a sluggish start to slip to fourth place on the opening corner at the Portimao Circuit but recovered to take the lead with 17 laps remaining and never looked back. “It will be a great celebration for my birthday in two days,” said Quartararo, who turns 22 tomorrow. Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, who was denied pole position due to a yellow flag infringement in qualifying, rode a clinical race to finish second and Suzuki’s reigning world champion Joan Mir took third to clinch his first podium of the season. Repsol Honda’s Marquez was on the grid for the first time since fracturing his upper arm at the Spanish Grand Prix in July. The championship will resume at next month’s Spanish GP in Jerez.


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