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The Italian Francesco Bagnaia on a Ducati came second, the Spanish world champion Joan Mir from Suzuki third.

Fabio Quartararo celebrates on the podium after winning the Portuguese Motorcycles Grand Prix. AP

Portimao: Fabio Quartararo won his second race in a row when he contested the Portuguese MotoGP in Portimao on Sunday. Six-time champion Marc Marquez finished seventh in his first race after nine months.

« I’m completely confident, » said French Yamaha rider Quartararo, who made a strong start last season only to drop out of the competition.

The Italian Francesco Bagnaia on a Ducati finished second, the Spanish world champion Joan Mir from Suzuki third.

Marquez ‘seventh place came after his return after three operations on his right arm that he had at the 2020 Jerez start had broken.

He qualified in the second row and admitted on Saturday that he would « suffer » after such a long time outside the race.

Quartararo’s compatriot Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), who had broken who led the drivers’ standings in Sunday’s race, crashed on lap 20 and challenged the podium after leading the first stages of the race.

Despite a poor start from pole position, Quartararo patiently climbed back d took the lead in the ninth of the 25 laps.

On lap 19, he benefited from the fall of his most threatening rival, the Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki), and steadily increased his lead to take the victory by 4.809 seconds.

« Now we know what we have to work to feel fast. What pace. I drove easily, but I still made a gap with Paco, « said Quartararo, who will turn 22 on Tuesday.

The Spaniard Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), winner of the first race of the season in Qatar, was after a bad start only eleventh.

The Italian Valentino Rossi, who has had problems since the beginning of the year and came from the Japanese factory team to the Yamaha satellite team SRT, also fell.

The Spaniard Jorge Martin (Ducati-Pramac), who had injured his right hand and ankle in a serious fall on Saturday, missed the race and will be operated on in Barcelona.

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