Portuguese GP: Repsol Honda preview

Estoril, a track that suits Honda The MotoGP Championship has gone to Portugal, just when some fans are experiencing a certain disappointment as they see the title with Casey Stoner" name on it. The run in to the end of the season is not as ...

Estoril, a track that suits Honda

The MotoGP Championship has gone to Portugal, just when some fans are experiencing a certain disappointment as they see the title with Casey Stoner" name on it. The run in to the end of the season is not as exciting as recent years and in no way comparable to the hard-fought battle last year between Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. But this year not everything is decided. Dani Pedrosa can still overtake Rossi and finish runner-up.

The first step on the road for the Honda rider is at the Portuguese GP a pefect setting for the beginning of his fightback which has to start right away. Estoril is a circuit which has seen victories for Honda on five occasions, over the seven years that it has held GPs. This year of course things have been different through the season, but it is just as true to say that the bikes ridden by Hayden and Pedrosa have managed to improve a lot in the second part of the season.

Last year it was Toni Elias who carried off the victory, in a strange race and one where Nicky Hayden got a dreadful fright: His fall seemed certain to stop him from winning the world title, but he recovered in time for the following GP, at Cheste, to win the world crown. This year the worst memory of the season, for both the American and his teammate Pedrosa, is the race at Misano and they are sure to want to put in a good peformance in Portugal to get rid of the bad taste that the race in Italy left in their mouths just two weeks ago.

In front of them they have the slowest track in the calendar. This is even more revealing if you take into account that the fact that the home straight is really fast, which gives you an idea of how slow the rest of the circuit is. And of course, the teams will have to keep one eye on the weather, wind and rain, as it may condition the race.

-credit: repsol.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Toni Elias , Dani Pedrosa