Moto3 race result and summary from Estoril:
Riders lined up for a World Superbike race. After two warm up laps ahead of a 17-lap race, most of the riders on the starting grid were gesticulating to officials and the start was delayed as black clouds loomed in the distance.
Pole-sitter Sylvain Guintoli broke down on the subsequent warm up, as did Michel Fabrizio, and with John Hopkins missing through injury incurred on his race-one crash, this meant three riders would miss the start of the reduced 16-lap race.
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.
With the World Supersport race being potentially cancelled due to the wet conditions, after sending the sweepers and a track heater (a tractor with a fan heater on the back) round the track, the race was eventually started as a wet race.
World Superbikes at Monza requires more considerations for safety than other tracks because of the three 300kmh sections. Weather plays a huge factor in safety but conditions in the Superstock 1000 race hinted at a good day of racing.
Unfortunately, that was not to be the case. Rain ended race one after only three laps and got progressively worse forcing cancellation of the restart.
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.
The rain, which has been chasing motorcycle races around this season, finally got bored and moved off on Saturday, giving the track at Estoril a chance to dry. The final corner, which proved so treacherous on Friday, was greatly improved - and made even better by the addition of a cone on the inside of Turn 13, marking where the wet patches were so the riders could take a line inside them. But the wet patches were still there, with water apparently seeping up from the ground to be sucked to the surface.
With the combination of mixed conditions and a naturally fast track causing wet tyres to discard chunks of rubber down the 330kmh straight, qualifying at Monza was destined to be unpredictable.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix:
Confident Crutchlow blasts to front row in Estoril
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow stormed to his second front row start in the opening three rounds of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship with another scintillating qualifying performance in Estoril today.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Estoril:
ANTONELLI TO TAKE PORTUGUESE BOW FROM ROW FOUR
Niccolo Antonelli continued to make progress with his adaptation to the Estoril circuit and the FTR chassis today, qualifying on the fourth row of the grid for tomorrow's Portuguese Grand Prix. The Italian found a good set-up for his bike which will be crucial for the race, when a few further tweaks should see him able to fight for a top result.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams at Monza:
ParkinGO MTC Racing Team
Monza 5th May 2012
Positive start of the day for Chaz, in eighth position as yesterday’s qualifying. The ParkinGO MTC rider has set a fast top speed (331.4 km/h) and a good pace from the start thanks to the new engine received from Aprilia this weekend.
Colin Edwards has broken his left collarbone in a crash during qualifying for the Portuguese MotoGP round at Estoril on Saturday. The NGM Forward rider was knocked off his bike in the latter part of qualifying practice, as he cruised around off the racing line. Randy de Puniet lost the front of his Power Electronics Aprilia machine, which slid along the track and hit Edwards' Suter BMW. Edwards fell heavily, suffering a mild concussion and injuring his collarbone in the fall.