Complete qualifying results and starting grid

The drama began in the first quarter when Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia crashed heavily while on slicks while the track was still too wet and had to be taken to the medical center for checks.

He has been cleared of any fractures at this time but will go to a nearby hospital for further examination.

If declared fit to race, he will start from last – a stark contrast to November’s Algarve GP at Portimao when he was on pole and won the race.

Championship leader Enea Bastianini also crashed and will start 18th, while Suzuki’s Alex Rins – second in the championship – will start 23rd after getting wet late in Q1 when the best laps were on slicks.

In Q2, Zarco snatched pole from the death with a 1m42.003s to beat Suzuki’s Joan Mir and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.

A late crash for Pol Espargaro on the final corner led to his Honda teammate Marc Marquez having a good enough lap to have pole taken from him as he was placed under yellow flags. As a result, Marquez was relegated to ninth place ahead of Espargaro.

Ducati’s Jack Miller will start fourth ahead of reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo on Yamaha, with VR46 Ducati rookie Marco Bezzecchi sixth.

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Seventh place went to Q1 leader Alex Marquez, who also crashed at the end of Q2, with Luca Marini eighth on the other VR46 Ducati.

The top 12 was completed by local hero Miguel Oliveira and his KTM teammate Brad Binder.

2022 MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix – Full qualifying results

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