Speaking of Bagnaia, Ducati are once again looking sharp in Portimao. the Italian leads the way, with teammate Jack Miller fifth and World Championship leader Zarco P8. Compare that to last year for the pacesetting VR46 Academy rider, and you’ll find – despite the lack of grip – that he’s over a tenth quicker and P1, not P15. It was an impressive day for Bagnaia, who leads a Yamaha – just like Zarco did last year – after Friday. That man is Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), the Frenchman again going well on a Friday in Portugal, but his and Yamaha’s – apart from Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – weekends didn’t quite go to plan later into the GP in 2020.