Filip Salač, who started the Grand Prix of the Algarve from ninth place on the grid, lost contact with his forehead right at the beginning after problems with the clutch and finished in 11th place. After being penalized by South African Darry Binder, who shot down Foggia in the last round, he moved up to tenth place in the final ranking.
A chance in a better position of Salač was deprived of a mistake in one of the corners at the time when he was commuting with his Spaniard Guevara. “Unfortunately, I made a mistake on the brakes, where I almost fell, my front closed and I got off the track. I lost contact with Guevara, who was driving in front of me, and unfortunately I did not manage to reach the first group,” Salač stated in a press release .
After successful performances in training and qualification, the Czech rider was not completely satisfied with the tenth place. “The result is not what I was aiming for after Friday and Saturday, but what can be done. I have one more chance in Valencia, I’m really looking forward to it. In 2019 I managed to take fifth place at KTM, I enjoy the track and is technical, so I should have an advantage with my weight, “looked out for the final Grand Prix of the season.
Acosta made his sixth place of the season in Portimao from 14th place at the start and has 259 points before the final race in Valencia. He is ahead of Foggia by an unrivaled 46 points. Next year, the Spaniard will move to a higher Moto2 category.
After a dramatic conclusion, Andrea Migno and Niccoló Antonelli took the next places on the podium.
Carom also influenced the end of the royal MotoGP class. The race ended prematurely two laps before the end after the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira and the Spaniard Iker Lecuona ended up on the ground after a collision. Both were conscious after the fall, but the home rider had to head to the medical center for further examination after treatment on the track.
Francesco Bagnaia, the leader of the Ducati, rejoiced at the victory at the time, and the Italian brand was able to celebrate a triumph in the Constructors’ Cup. For the first time in the season after the fall, even a certain champion Fabio Quartararo did not finish. The French Yamaha rider fell five laps before the finish.
Moto2 remains the only undecided category. Australian Remy Gardner, who won the fifth victory of the season today, will go to the final race in Valencia with a lead of 23 points. His teammate Raúl Fernández kept the mathematical chance for the title in second place.
|Algarve Grand Prix, Portimao World Motorcycle Championship:|
|Moto3: 1. Acosta (Šp. / KTM) 38: 04,339, 2. Migno (It./Honda) -0,354, 3. Antonelli (It./KTM) -0,880, 4. Alcoba (Šp. / Honda) -1,768, 5 Guevara (Šp. / GASGAS) -1,839, 6. Sasaki (Jap./KTM) -1,874, … 10. Salač (CZE / KTM) -6,591.|
|World standings (after 17 of 18 races): 1. Acosta 259 b., 2. Foggia (It./Honda) 213, 3. García (Šp. / GASGAS) 168, 4. Fenati (It./Husqvarna) 156, 5. Masiá (Šp. / KTM) 155 , 6. Antonelli 145, … 17. Salač 58.|
|Moto2: 1. Gardner (Austr./Kalex) 39: 36,275, 2. R. Fernández (Šp. / Kalex) -3,014, 3. Lowes (Brit./Kalex) -3,899, 4. Canet (Šp. / Boscoscuro) -7,616 , 5. Beaubier (USA / Kalex) -7.621, 6. Vietti (It./Kalex) -10.021.|
|World standings (after 17 of 18 races): 1. Gardner 305, 2. R. Fernández 282, 3. Bezzecchi (It./Kalex) 214, 4. Lowes 181, 5. Augusto Fernández (Šp./Kalex) 158, 6. Canet 153.|
|MotoGP: 1 Bagnaia (It./Ducati) 38: 17,720, 2. Mir (Šp. / Suzuki) -2,478, 3. Miller (Austr./Ducati) -6,402, 4. A. Márquez (Šp. / Honda) -6,453, 5. Zarco (Fr./Ducati) -7,882, 6. P. Espargaró (Šp. / Honda) -9,573.|
|World standings (after 17 of 18 races): 1. Quartararo (Fr./Yamaha) 267, 2. Bagnaia 227, 3. Mir 195, 4. Miller 165, 5. Zarco 163, 6. M. Márquez (Šp./Honda) 142.|