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Stoner returns to scene of maiden 250cc win

Stoner returns to scene of maiden 250cc win

Stoner returns to scene of maiden 250cc win

As the countdown begins for the end of the MotoGP season, the Honda LCR team and Casey Stoner are back in winning territory for the race in Portugal. The two combined to win the 250cc GP at Estoril in 2005, and now return to Portugal in the premier class with Honda's V5-powered MotoGP bike. Stoner's 250 victory came on day of varying weather, with the Atlantic coast often producing an unpredictable combination of dry, windy and wet conditions. Honda's RC211V has always been a strong performer at Estoril with Brazilian rider Alex Barros winning this race last year.

Stoner has been making use of a rare moment of spare time since the race at Motegi, and heads to Portugal confident of a decent showing.

"The two weeks holiday after the Japan GP have been really relaxing, I've spent time hanging out at my parents farm and finally teaching my girlfriend to ride a horse! Estoril and Valencia are two tracks I've had success at in the past, so hopefully I will have a chance to make up for recent races, Philip Island Motegi, that did not go to plan. In Australia the rain came and the race was one lap shorter than normal, just as I was closing on a chance at the podium. And in Japan, with the bike set-up I had in practice, I should have had a good result, but it wasn't to be in the race. Honda has done well at Estoril in the past so I'm hoping we can find a comfortable set-up early and be on the pace."

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MotoGP, 2006, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Casey Stoner

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