A fall in the second attempt at a quick lap in the second phase of the qualifying session of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Portugal prevented the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM) to go beyond the 10th position on the starting grid.
The Portuguese, who was even improving the time made on the first attempt, fell on turn nine, having the time of 1.39.445 minutes, 0.583 seconds more than the author of the fastest lap, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) , which set a new record on the Portuguese circuit.
Quartararo beat Miguel Oliveira's best record, achieved in the 2020 qualifying session, by 0.030 seconds, setting the new maximum at 1.38.862 minutes.
Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki) was second, 0.089 seconds from Quartararo, with Frenchman Johan Zarco (Ducati) third, at 0.129 seconds, despite a drop in the first of two runs to the track.
Spaniard Marc Márquez (Honda) was sixth, 0.259 seconds.
The Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), who had pulverized the time of the 'pole' for half a second, ended up falling to the 11th position, as his record was achieved in a situation of yellow flags due to the fall of Miguel Oliveira.
The Portuguese rider had been the second fastest in the fourth free practice session, 0.268 from Quartararo, who had already been the fastest.
The Portuguese MotoGP GP is the third of 19 races at the 2021 world championship and features Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM).