After three days of improving weather, the rain returned to Estoril with a vengeance, falling heavily all Sunday night and throughout the morning on Monday. Conditions at the circuit were simply too difficult to do any testing at all, and so the MotoGP test scheduled for Monday was officially canceled, sending the teams packing up early, a thankless task in the pouring rain.
The loss of the test is a blow to all three factories, as they all had important new parts to test at Estoril. For Honda, the main emphasis is to try to cure the chatter that has plagued the bikes since they first tested their 1000cc bike. Yamaha had a new engine spec to test, along with new electronics and a new chassis. For Ducati, they had a new engine to test, with a significantly changed power delivery, making it smoother and less aggressive. The factories all really need a dry track to test what they have and produce useful data.
If there's one lesson we can take from Sunday's race at Estoril, it's this: "I've always said we know Casey's the guy that's the fastest guy in the world. Maybe over the seasons he hasn't put the championships together, but by far he's the best guy in the world." Cal Crutchlow is not known for mincing his words, and his description of Casey Stoner pulls no punches. But given the fact that Stoner only managed to win the Portuguese round of MotoGP by a second and a bit, is that not a little exaggerated?
Here's what Stoner had to say about it, when I asked him if winning with the chatter he suffered - even on the TV screens the massive vibration front and rear was clearly visible - made him more confident about the level of his performance. "It gives me a lot more confidence. That's the thing, you know, with arm pump, with the chatter problem, I've been feeling like crap all week, and my body's not as good as I normally am, and we still managed to hang on, we still managed to be clearly faster than the others at the end of the race."
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril:
Stoner victory and Pedrosa's 100th podium in Portuguese GP
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 team after Sunday's race at Estoril:
Marc Márquez wins with authority and continues in Moto2 lead
Moto3 race result and summary from Estoril:
Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Estoril:
Casey Stoner has taken victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril, controlling the race from the front to win a comfortable victory, despite pressure from Jorge Lorenzo throughout the race. Stoner's win at Estoril is his second in a row, both of which came at circuits he has never won at before. With the victory, Stoner takes the lead in the championship by a single point from Jorge Lorenzo.
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Estoril:
Marc Marquez has taken victory in the first race of the day at Estoril, beating Pol Espargaro in a last-lap battle after Espargaro made a mistake in the chicane. With his win in Portugal, Marquez seizes a 9 point lead in the championship.
Casey Stoner led by at least a second for much of the session, and ended with a time faster than he set for pole. The warm up was suspended for a few minutes after a big highside for Ivan Silva, who was taken to the medical center for further examination. He was conscious after the crash, and moved away under his own power.