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Injured Martin to be replaced by Rabat at Jerez MotoGP

Former MotoGP rider and 2014 Moto2 champion Tito Rabat will stand in for the injured Jorge Martin at Pramac for the Spanish Grand Prix following a violent crash at Portimao.

Rossi “more confident” after Portugal MotoGP race

Petronas SRT’s Valentino Rossi admits he is “more confident” in his form after the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix despite crashing out of the points.

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

Gearbox issue led to Zarco’s Portugal MotoGP crash

Johann Zarco says “a little issue” with his Pramac Ducati’s gearbox caused him to crash out of second late on in last weekend’s MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix.

Suzuki latest marque to commit to MotoGP through 2026
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Suzuki latest marque to commit to MotoGP through 2026

Reigning teams’ and riders’ world championship-winning marque Suzuki has announced it will remain in MotoGP through to 2026 after signing a new five-year deal with Dorna Sports.

How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Prime

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

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021 after storming to victory at a venue five months earlier 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 did at least expose one key improvement compared to 2020

Marquez’s MotoGP rivals “expected” his strong comeback Portugal GP
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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 go strong despite nine months off his Honda.

Rins “did nothing wrong” in Portugal MotoGP crash Portugal GP
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Rins “did nothing wrong” in Portugal MotoGP crash

Suzuki rider Alex Rins says the data showed he did “nothing wrong” when he crashed out of victory battle late on in the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix.

Martin's surgery postponed, Jerez 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 Marquez Portugal MotoGP overtake Portugal GP
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Mir forced into hard Marquez Portugal MotoGP overtake

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 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" 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 Portugal GP
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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 issues left him 11th in the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Portuguese MotoGP: Quartararo eases to win, Marquez seventh Portugal GP
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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.

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.

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

Following the opening double header in Qatar, MotoGP returns to action this weekend at the Portimao Circuit. Here's how you can watch the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend in your country.

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 Portugal GP
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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.

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

Following a short break after the two season-opening races in Qatar, MotoGP returns to action with the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend. Here's how you can watch qualifying on Saturday, April 17.

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.

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

Following the opening two rounds of the season in Qatar, MotoGP travels to Portimao this weekend for the Portuguese Grand Prix. Scroll down for the full schedule.

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.

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 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

Ducati: "Gamble" Zarco proving to be 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 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.

Marquez given all-clear 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 insists 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 Prime

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.