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Estoril MotoGP Post Race Review

 Bwin Grande Prémio de Portugal played host to the 3rd round after a 4 week hiatus due to the reassignment of the Japanese Motegi circuit, now scheduled for the end of  September. The august country was afforded more time by the World Championship in an effort to recover from the natural disaster that struck the diminutive island this past March 11th. We, at Girlracer continue to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan, and hope for a quick and opulent recovery.

The coastal Portuguese circuit kept to its reputation as being one of the least popular tracks because of the consistent inconsistency with its cool and wet weather conditions. Right on cue, the bulky black clouds hovered over the riders for most of 2 days during the free practice and qualifying rounds. But on Friday afternoon, the ominous skies could hold back no longer, inviting massive amounts of hail entangled with thunder and lightning illuminated the track after the 3rd free practice round. Lost power and an actual bolt of lightning were caught on video hitting and damaging the track within feet of the Rookie riders qualifying practice session.

Despite the unsettled weather and turbulent over-heated egos, the MotoGP boys managed to squeeze in some of their best pre race lap times. The welcomed four-week break enabled the premiere riders to physically heal, improve bike set-up’s, and to decipher the proper tyre choices for the probable perilous atmospheric changes.

Saturday afternoon’s QP final and grid positions:

Estoril, Saturday Qualifying Results, April 30, 2011

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 298.3 1’37.161  
2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 305.3 1’37.294 0.133 / 0.133
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 302.1 1’37.324 0.163 / 0.030
4 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 300.3 1’37.384 0.223 / 0.060
5 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 307.3 1’37.866 0.705 / 0.482
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 298.8 1’38.073 0.912 / 0.207
7 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 299.8 1’38.080 0.919 / 0.007
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 298.8 1’38.189 1.028 / 0.109
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 301.4 1’38.271 1.110 / 0.082
10 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 292.4 1’38.363 1.202 / 0.092
11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 296.5 1’38.497 1.336 / 0.134
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE CardionABMotoracing Ducati 285.5 1’38.786 1.625 / 0.289
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 306.0 1’38.922 1.761 / 0.136
14 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 305.3 1’38.934 1.773 / 0.012
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 293.9 1’39.172 2.011 / 0.238
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 295.9 1’39.378 2.217 / 0.206
17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 307.9 1’39.894 2.733 / 0.516

This afternoon’s World Championship welcomed mostly sunny skies and noticeably warmer temperatures, granting the riders a huge sigh of relief.

What looked to be a strategy of lying in wait for most of the 28 lap race, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa sailed over the finish line just over 3 seconds ahead of leading World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo. All the while continuously breaking lap times and claiming his first ever Estoril win of his GP career.

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was once again first on the grid at the coastal circuit and retained his position just in front of Dani Pedrosa for most of the fast paced race. But with 4 laps to go, the visibly aching Pedrosa passed the fellow Spaniard flawlessly down the long straight. Breaking Lorenzo’s 3rd in a row winning streak at Estoril.

The race was off the an exciting start in the opening lap with high sides from San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Marco “crash” Simoncelli and Mapfre Aspar Team’s Hector Barbera, initially dazing both riders and forcing a DFN. Soon after, Cardion ab Motoracing’s Karel Abraham went off the track and out of the race, making it his first non finish,

Pedrosa’s teammate, Casey Stoner took a lonesome 3rd place finish, just over 7 seconds behind Pedrosa. Another Repsol Honda rider to make into the top 5, was Andrea Dovizioso, narrowly passing Marlboro Ducati’s Valentino Rossi in the final milliseconds of the race, pushing Rossi back to 5th after a back and forth scramble mid-way through the race.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s jovial Colin Edwards had a good weekend overall and pushed for a 6th spot on the leader board. Picking up the pieces for fallen Simoncelli, was teammate San Carlos Honda Grisini’s Hiroshi Aoyama, placing a respectable 7th in standings by putting in a good effort against the former Superbike rider Cal Crutchlow. The 8th place rookie Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider is one of several recovering from surgery and had an incredible weekend making leaps and bounds up the time sheet.

American Ducati rider, Nicky Hayden crossed over the finish line in 9th in the top ten, rounding it off with Pramac’s Randy de Puniet, in 10th, who is also recovery from a leg injury.

Yamaha’s Ben Spies had to accept a DFN in his 3rd Factory race of the season, disappointing himself and his fans by going down in the 12th lap. Rizla Suzuki’s sole rider, Alvaro Bautista returned to the track after a 6 week break to the day, recovering from a badly broken leg, but managed to stay upright and complete the race in 13th.

 Estoril, Sunday, Race Results May 01, 2011

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 153.2 45’51.483
2 20 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 153.0 +3.051
3 16 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 152.8 +7.658
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 152.3 +16.530
5 11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 152.3 +16.555
6 10 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 151.4 +32.575
7 9 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 151.1 +38.749
8 8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 151.0 +40.912
9 7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 150.2 +54.887
10 6 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 150.0 +59.697
11 5 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 149.9 +1’00.374
12 4 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 149.8 +1’01.793
13 3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 148.6 +1’24.370
Not Classified
    11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 149.8 16 Laps
    17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE CardionABMotoracing Ducati 136.6 27 Laps
Not Starting
    58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda   0 Lap
    8 Hector Barbera SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Ducati   0 lap

 

Look for more racing excitement 2 weeks from now, when France hosts the next MotoGP extravaganza; Monter Energy Grand Prix de France at Le Mans, May 13, 2011

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