Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Estoril:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken his eighth victory of the season at Estoril, and the third win in a row at the Portuguese circuit. After a slow start, Lorenzo took control of the race at the halfway mark and eased home unchallenged, in another processional MotoGP race.
The race started with plenty of excitement, the drama starting on the sighting lap. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider and rookie of the year Ben Spies crashed on the sighting lap, the conditions still being tricky despite the track being almost completely dry. The Texan dislocated his ankle in the crash and was unable to start.
Once the remaining 16 riders got underway, the early laps developed into a tremendous tussle. Jorge Lorenzo got away first, his Fiat Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi behind him, but Rossi was soon barged aside by Marlboro Ducati rider Nicky Hayden, who was himself pushed aside by Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso. Lorenzo's early gap soon disappeared, and Nicky Hayden forged his way forward again to take the lead, with Valentino Rossi following closely in his wake.
Lorenzo seized back the lead a lap later, with Valentino Rossi also getting past into 2nd, while Casey Stoner had fought his way forward from 6th on lap 1 to take over 3rd from his teammate. The three uninjured aliens soon started to pull a gap, with Rossi pushing hardest of the trio, executing a perfect block pass on his teammate to take the lead in the chicane. Behind the pair of Fiat Yamaha, Casey Stoner was chasing, but the Marlboro Ducati rider crashed once again out of the race, the rear coming round on him this time to take him out.
By lap 7, the race looked over, with Valentino Rossi sitting on a comfortable lead over his teammate. But Lorenzo's times were dropping, and the 2010 World Champion started to reel in the man he took that crown from over the next few laps. Lorenzo's pace turned irresistible, the Spaniard catching his Italian rival on lap 16, and sliding easily past into the lead into turn 1 on the next lap. The race was basically over, with Lorenzo going on to take a comfortable victory by a big margin, Rossi not able to follow the Spaniard.
While the Fiat Yamaha riders were in a league of their own, producing a processional 1-2, the race for 3rd was a far more dramatic affair. A battle raged for much of the race between Andrea Dovizioso and San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli, with both men taking it in turn to lead, though far from graceful when passing on the honor to their rivals. The final spot on the podium came down to a last-lap battle, with Dovisiozo taking over 3rd on the penultimate lap, and Simoncelli squeezing past the Repsol Honda through the chicane. But Dovizioso knew his chances were not over, and he drafted Simoncelli through the final Parabolica corner, slipping out of Simoncelli's draft to pass the San Carlo Gresini rider across the line and take 3rd.
Simoncelli was left to settle for 4th, while Nicky Hayden, who had been close all race, but not close enough to attack, was stuck down in 5th, ahead of LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet and and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards. Dani Pedrosa, riding with a recently plated collarbone, could manage no better than 8th, after a strong showing mid-race.
|6||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||46'46.259||28.297|
|71||Carlos CHECA||DUCATI||22'31.090||15 laps|
|27||Casey STONER||DUCATI||6'49.552||24 laps|
|Not finished first lap|