Lopez shines ahead of Canet on Friday

The Qatar GP winner was quickest ahead of Canet and Roberts on the first day of track action at the Portuguese GP

In a fast and furious session, Alonso Lopez (Beta Tools SpeedUp) ended Practice 1 on top as he picked up where he left off in Qatar, setting a stunning 1:42.362 to edge out out Aron Canet (Fantic Racing) by just 0.013. Joe Roberts (OnlyFans American Racing Team) was only a further 0.170 behind as it got tight at the top in the Grande Premio Tissot de Portugal.

Manuel Gonzalez (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2™) was fourth, ending a successful day in Portugal. OnlyFans American Racing Team’s Marcos Ramirez rounded out the top five, just ahead of title favourite Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools SpeedUp). Jake Dixon (CFMOTO Inde Aspar Team) was in seventh at the end of the session, ahead of Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team). Albert Arenas (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2™) was ninth, with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Celestino Vietti rounding outside the top 10.

Jeremy Alcoba (Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team) was a further 0.125 behind Vietti – ending the day ahead of the MT Helmets – MSI team of Ai Ogura and Sergio Garcia, with Dennis Foggia (Italtrans Racing Team) rounding out the top 14 positions. Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) will have to fight for a Q2 spot on Saturday morning alongside Barry Baltus and Deniz Öncü who both suffered crashes in Practice 1.

The Moto2™ field will return to action on Saturday for their last chance to secure a spot in Q2 at 9:25 (UTC), so make sure you tune in on motogp.com!

Top 10:

1 Alonso Lopez (Beta Tools SpeedUp) 1:42.362
2 Aron Canet (Fantic Racing) +0.013
3 Joe Roberts (OnlyFans American Racing Team) +0.183
4 Manuel Gonzalez (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2™)  +0.197
5 Marcos Ramirez (OnlyFans American Racing Team) +0.281
6 Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools SpeedUp)  +0.490
7 Jake Dixon (CFMOTO Inde Aspar Team) +0.497
8 Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) +0.542
9 Albert Arenas (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2™)  +0.559
10 Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.646