Times from 1pm, after the teams have taken a break for lunch:
Times at 12:02 from the MotoGP test. Neither Randy de Puniet nor Hector Barbera, both pulled out due to injuries. Times:
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.
Press releases issued by the 125cc and Moto2 teams after the race at Estoril:
Tough Weekend With Plenty Of Lessons For Kenny Noyes In Portugal
The press releases from the MotoGP teams after today's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril:
Bautista completes Portuguese Grand Prix to seal a remarkable comeback
Publish Date: Sunday, May 01, 2011
Álvaro Bautista gave another courageous performance on his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R at Estoril today to not only finish the Portuguese Grand Prix, but to also score points and show that he had come to race and not just finish the 28-laps.
Results of the 125cc race at Estoril:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Estoril:
Dani Pedrosa has won the 2011 Portuguese MotoGP Grand Prix, seizing the lead in the final laps from Jorge Lorenzo, and preventing the Yamaha man from taking his forth victory in a row.
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Estoril:
Stefan Bradl has taken his second win of the 2011 season, holding off a strong challenge from Julian Simon and taking advantage of race crashes by Andrea Iannone and Thomas Luthi to take a comfortable lead in the world championship.
Four weeks between races this early in the season is clearly far too long. Since arriving at Estoril, the various members of the paddock have been behaving like sailors on shore leave, getting drunk, chasing women and picking fights with everyone in their vicinity. Well, the getting drunk and chasing women part I made up, but the mood in the paddock is deeply pugnacious, as witnessed by the verbal scraps breaking out everywhere.
If the changes to the 2012 MotoGP regulations were aimed at filling out the grid, then they appear to have succeeded. Today, the FIM released the numbers of teams who had put in for a provisional entry for the 2012 season. The numbers were very promising: 16 teams entered, of which 14 were accepted, representing a total of 21 riders.