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By motogp.com

Quartararo won but Bagnaia performs best in MotoGP™ Fantasy

We reflect on the Portuguese GP action and see where the best value for money could be found in Portimao

Round 3 of the 2021 MotoGP™ Championship went the way of Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) as the Frenchman put in another masterclass performance at the Algarve International Circuit. It means he also took 25 crucial Championship points as he leaps to the top of the title standings, but how did he perform in this weekend’s MotoGP™ Fantasy action?

Rather unsurprisingly, El Diablo makes this week’s Dream Team thanks to an impressive haul of 35 points, earned through a combination of his P1 finishes in both the race and qualifying. However, he isn’t the top rider from the Portuguese GP, with that honour belonging to Francesco Bagnaia.

UNSEEN: Quartararo in the swim of things at Portimao

The Ducati Lenovo Team rider finished on the podium from a P11 start, meaning he picked up 9 grid positions, along with two extra points for each one, from Sunday’s race. Ducati are also the weekend’s top manufacturer, with the Bologna bullets earning 29.5 points in total thanks to the efforts of their star man Bagnaia.

World Champion Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) earned his very first podium of the season as he remains within touching distance of the Championship leaders, and his tally of 34 points was earned thanks to another classic comeback from the Mallorcan, who started the day in P9. At 4.3 million, he is the most expensive rider on the market, but sits just fifth on the list of best performing riders.

If it’s value for money you are looking for, then Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) continues to look a smart option. For the second week running, the South African makes the Dream Team thanks to a haul of 32 points, leaving the top managers with plenty to ponder as he continues to perform on Sundays. However, you may need to act quick, as his stock continues to rise, his valuation increasing by 300k to 2.9 million.

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In total, the Dream Team had a collective total of 173.4 points between them, and a cost of 16.1 million. The Portuguese Grand Prix also saw the most Motul 300V boosts applied so far this season, as gamers continue to seek out an early advantage. Will you be using yours at the Spanish GP in a week’s time, or are you considering holding onto them for a little while longer? What about transfers with a certain Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) back fighting fit? With just little over a week to go, make sure you start planning your strategy now!

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