Portuguese GP: Honda LCR preview

HONDA LCR TEAM READY FOR THE CHALLENGE OF ESTORIL The Honda LCR team and Spanish rider Carlos Checa is aiming to continue the progress made at recent races and again challenge for a top six position in the Portuguese Grand Prix this Sunday....

HONDA LCR TEAM READY FOR THE CHALLENGE OF ESTORIL

The Honda LCR team and Spanish rider Carlos Checa is aiming to continue the progress made at recent races and again challenge for a top six position in the Portuguese Grand Prix this Sunday. Recent steps forward have come on two fronts -- the engine upgrade from HRC, exhaust system and more RPM, and the second from on-going tyre development by Michelin.

With an impressive sixth place Checa was the first Michelin rider to finish last week's San Marino GP. The Estoril circuit is vulnerable to unpredictable weather, strong and are gusty Atlantic winds are common, and until the recent visit to Misano was famous for its bumpy tarmac. The 4.18 km circuit is a combination of a 300 kph plus main straight and slower, twisting infield sections .

CHECA: "I thought Estoril was a bumpy track until I raced at Misano! Here I am aiming to continue the progress we have made with Michelin at recent tyre tests, our results at Misano showed we have a good direction, especially with a new front tyre specification. On the engine side Honda have made a positive step and this will help us be competitive through the infield sections, like the uphill chicane. There are reasons to be optimistic and try to be closer to the front than at Misano. The podium here last year was all Michelin riders."

In the 250cc GP, Eugene Laverty is again hoping to score championship points, as he did in Misano, with a strong finish to the season over the final five races.

LAVERTY: "I now feel I have a chance to fight to be in the points at every race with the big improvement to the rear end set-up thanks to the input of Showa at Misano and the Brno test. Estoril is another new track but our new set-up is a good confidence boost."

-credit: hlcr

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Carlos Checa , Eugene Laverty