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Estoril: MotoGP Post Race Review

 What started out to be a wet and wild weekend at Portugal’s Estoril this past weekend ended on a dry note on race day enabling another 1st place podium finish for Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. With excessive water on the track due to heavy rain and monsoon-like high winds, Saturday’s qualifying practice round was forced to be cancelled at 2:30pm local time. This meant that the starting grids for race day would be based on the combined times from the three previous practice sessions. Giving Lorenzo an advantage and his seventh front row pole position for the season.

To quote Jorge:

“I got a great start and was in the lead but eventually Valentino overtook me and then off he went. He had a better pace than me then and I couldn’t go with him. As the track got drier I found my pace improving and then step-by-step I closed the gap and was able to get past him. At that point I felt really good and I am so happy to win for the third time here at Estoril. It was a long time since I have won but my confidence has remained high and I haven’t been worried. I knew I could win here at my favorite track.”

We also confirmed the Triple Crown for Yamaha today so well done to the whole team for this victory.”

 

Estoril marked the eighth win of the season for the 23 year-old Spaniard, but not without a fight in the first half of the race. With a strong start off the grid, Lorenzo took the lead first off, but quickly relinquished it to Ducati’s Nicky Hayden for a brief moment before snatching it back. Teammate Valentino Rossi took the lead in lap four, but could not find his comfort zone with the increasingly arid track. At lap 17 a bold braking maneuver gave Lorenzo the lead back and catapulted him over the finish line with an eight second lead over Rossi, trailing him into a second place win.

 To quote Valentino:

“For the dry we started blind so I had to try to take some risks at the beginning because the setting was okay, but it was not enough because when Jorge got into his rhythm he was faster than me, I had no way to fight with him. I tried to stay with him but he was too fast.”

 “Second place is positive for my Championship because I am back in third place and I’m not so far from Dani Pedrosa in second. I’m happy to have improved the setting of the bike but we are still not strong enough so we will try to improve.”

The Grand Prix of Portugal marks the eighth podium finish for Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi for 2010 and one step closer to the Championship. With a non finish from Marlboro’s Casey Stoner after a disappointing crash in third position on lap 5 and just 19 points short of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa coming in eighth; now places Rossi into a third position for the Championship.

To quote Casey:

“There is not much to say today, other than it’s a shame, obviously. I was taking it steady over the first couple of laps getting the tyres up to temperature and then I was able to push a little harder to close the gap to the guys in front of me. When I got on the back of Jorge I wasn’t pushing as hard as I had on the previous laps but I ran a little off line and lost the front. I tried to save it but I wasn’t able to and I am really sorry to all the guys in the team because they have done a good job in difficult conditions to find a good set-up. We will try and make up for it in Valencia.”

To quote Dani:

“I have mixed feelings after this race. On one side the fact that I could finish 28 laps is good because from quite early in the race I didn’t know if it would be possible. On the other hand, I could have finished much higher up if I could have maintained the pace we had in the race.”

From the third lap I lost strength in my left arm and I couldn’t really feel it. Honestly I didn’t think I could keep that pace at the beginning of the race. At one stage I could see that finishing third would have been possible with the pace we were running, but it was impossible because soon I had no power in the arm. On every lap I was feeling more tired and I couldn’t maintain the 1’39.5 laps. With ten laps to go I couldn’t keep pushing and I dropped back quite a lot.”

Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso finished in an impressive third place win, but not without a workout battling it out on almost every one of the 28 lap race! Crossing over the finish line, a lingering 18 seconds behind Rossi, Dovizioso came head to head with the Rookie San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli, who came in a fraction of a second behind Dovizioso, happily placing him in fourth place.Ducati’s Nicky Hayden came within arms reach of the podium for a brief moment, but lost momentum and drafted Simoncelli’s tail pipe into a close fifth place finish.

To quote Andrea:

“To be back on the podium is so important for us and I’d like to thank my team and fans for their support this weekend. We can’t be completely happy with our pace today because we were a long way from the front two riders, but overall the result is positive for us. The situation at Estoril has been strange for the whole weekend with every session being held in wet conditions and third position was the best we could have done today. It was quite an aggressive battle with Simoncelli but it has always been like this with him, so I needed to have a strategy for the last lap. He was faster than me in T3 and T4 and every time into the chicane he overtook me, but I knew that it was possible to take him out of the last corner because I had a bit more speed onto the straight, so this was my plan – and it worked. Now it’s possible to fight with Stoner for fourth place in the Championship and – although it will be difficult because he was fast here before he crashed and also has a ten point lead – this will be our target for Valencia next weekend.”

To quote Nicky:

“Today was the first time in my career that I have gone out to race in the dry without completing a single lap in those conditions before lining up on the grid. Over the first few laps the bike worked really well, I felt good and I even managed to lead the race which hasn’t happened for a while. In the middle part of the race I had a couple of moments on damp patches and lost my feeling a little. I got my rhythm back together towards the end and joined in the fight for the podium. Fifth place alongside a crash for Casey isn’t a brilliant result for the team – it has been a tough weekend on everybody but we will try to do better at Valencia.”

Footnote:

The double podium finish by the Fiat Yamaha’s dueling duo, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi delivered a third consecutive Yamaha Triple Crown for the team, riders and manufacturer’s titles. This achievement marks the first time since the Triple Crown’s inception that any manufacturer has won three times in a row.

Estoril, Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 151.7 46’17.962
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 151.3 +8.629
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 150.3 +26.475
4 13 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 150.3 +26.534
5 11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 150.3 +27.154
6 10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 150.2 +28.297
7 9 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 150.1 +30.109
8 8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 149.3 +44.947
9 7 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 147.8 +1’13.649
10 6 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 147.6 +1’17.721
11 5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 147.6 +1’17.908
12 4 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 146.8 +1’33.025
13 3 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 146.5 +1’39.752
Not Classified
    71 Carlos CHECA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 144.9 15 Laps
    27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 147.0 24 Laps
Not Starting
    41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati   0 Lap
    11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha   0 Lap

 

MotoGP World Standing 2010

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 358
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 236
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 217
4 Casey STONER Ducati AUS 205
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 195
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 163
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 163
8 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 115
9 Randy DE PUNIET Honda FRA 110
10 Marco MELANDRI Honda ITA 100
11 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 99
12 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 82
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 78
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Ducati SPA 60
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 51
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Suzuki ITA 44
17 Mika KALLIO Ducati FIN 43
18 Alex DE ANGELIS Honda RSM 11
19 Roger Lee HAYDEN Honda USA 5
20 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 4
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November 2, 2010 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Estoril, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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