Estoril, Portugal

2011 Estoril MotoGP Race And QP vs Test Times Comparison

Though the raw times themselves from the test provide interesting data, comparing the test times to the times set during the race weekend make for an educational exercise. Comparing the best test time to the times set during free practice and the race, it was Cal Crutchlow who made the biggest improvement, with Marco Simoncelli the rider showing the second-best improvement. Jorge Lorenzo improved almost as much as Simoncelli, with Casey Stoner, Ben Spies, Nicky Hayden and Alvaro Bautista bettering their times by over a second.

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2011 Estoril MotoGP Sunday Round Up - Racing Relieves The Parts Other Activities Just Can't Reach

We're finally racing again, and the deafening roar of the MotoGP bikes has silenced the whining that has been emanating from the paddock over the past few days, at least for the moment. Instead of sniping about who had said what about whom, there was an actual contest at Estoril. Even the weather didn't intervene, at least, not once the warmup was finished.

The race was hardly a thriller - the electronics necessitated by the combination of highly-strung 800cc engines and meager 21 liters of fuel have been fatal to racing excitement, for the most part - but it was certainly a fascinating intellectual exercise, and there was much to be learned from Portuguese Grand Prix. The trouble is, of course, that those lessons are most rewarding to the committed student of the sport, the sterile racing now rather too esoteric for the casual fan.

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