After an unexpected three-week Easter break the MotoGP World Championship resumes this weekend with the Grand Prix of Portugal, a long standing fixture that takes place at the start of the season this year as opposed to its usual late summer slot. Spanish fans consider it their fifth home race of the season and thousands of them will again make the short trip over the border to support their riders at Estoril. It is only 570km from Jerez, the scene of the last race, to Estoril and after dominating his home Grand Prix Nico Terol is looking to do so again as he tries to extend his lead at the top of the championship.
Terol and his BANKIA Aspar team-mate Héctor Faubel are both targeting victory after an impressive start to the year. The former has won both of the opening two races and has a score to settle with Estoril, having lost out in a memorable 2010 race. The latter was the only man to challenge Nico’s dominance at Jerez and was robbed of a podium by a crash on the last lap. Héctor took victory in Portugal in 2007 and finished second there in 2005 and 2006. Meanwhile BANKIA Aspar Team youngster Adrián Martín is looking to turn around a disappointing start to the campaign but enjoyed a test session at Valencia last week and is looking to put the progress made to good use this weekend.
“I head to Portugal feeling really motivated after starting the season with two important wins. I have got my feet firmly on the ground though because I know that my rivals are also determined to put some wins together. I have spent the break training very hard because I am in a good run of form and I want to make sure it continues. I have got some unfinished business at Estoril so I will be doing everything I can to stand on the top step of that podium. You have to be versatile at this track because the weather is very changeable and you need to be adaptable to the different conditions.”
“Estoril is a circuit with a lot of good memories for me because I had my first podium there and then I won in 2007. After testing at Valencia last week hopefully we’ll have a little bit more to give this weekend. We worked out how to get the best out of our engine and I hope we get a bit of luck in Portugal and finish on the podium. I’ll be making sure I don’t make the kind of mistake I made at Jerez and hopefully fighting all the way to the end for the win. Estoril quite twisty but it has a long straight and the corner onto it is really fast.”
“I am really looking forward to going to Portugal. The two first races of the season have not gone to plan so I want to put that right. The season has only just started to we have the opportunity to turn it around. I didn’t have a good time at Estoril last year but everything is different with this team and I am really enjoying it so I just hope we can find some speed now.”
Source: Aspar Media
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