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Ten years of Portuguese Grands Prix

Ten years of Portuguese Grands Prix

This years race will be the tenth Portuguese Grand Prix, the first two of which were held in Spain, at Jarama in 1987 and Jerez in 1988.

This years race will be the tenth Portuguese Grand Prix, the first two of which were held in Spain, at Jarama in 1987 and Jerez in 1988. This will be the eighth consecutive year that a Grand Prix has been held at the Estoril circuit. Below are some of the highlights from the previous Portuguese GP events:

1987 Although named the Portuguese Grand Prix, this event was held at the Jarama circuit in Spain due to lack of a suitable venue in Portugal. Eddie Lawson won the 500cc race from Randy Mamola and wild card rider Kevin Magee, in an all-Yamaha podium. Toni Mang won the 250cc race to clinch the last of his five world titles. Paolo Casoli took his one and only GP victory in the 125cc class and Jorge Martinez won the 80cc race having already clinched the world title.

1988 The second Portuguese GP again took place in Spain; this time at the Jerez circuit. Lawson repeated his win of the previous year in the 500cc race from Wayne Rainey and Magee in another all-Yamaha podium. The Spanish fans had lots to cheer about in the other two races, with Juan Garriga winning the 250cc GP and Martinez winning the 80cc race from fellow Spaniards Manuel Herreros and Alex Criville - all riding for the Derbi factory team.

2000 After a break of eleven years, the Portuguese Grand Prix returned to the calendar with the race taking place at Estoril, where it has been staged every year since. Garry McCoy had the honour of winning the first 500cc race at Estoril riding a Yamaha. The 250cc race was won by Daijiro Kato his first Grand Prix victory outside of Japan.

2001 Each of the three races were won by riders on their way to winning their respective world titles: 500cc Valentino Rossi, 250cc - Kato and 125cc Manuel Poggiali.

2002 Rossi won in very wet conditions, after Sete Gibernau had led for most of the race only to crash out with four laps to go. Fonsi Nieto won the 250cc race after crashing on lap thirteen and re-joining the race down in seventh place.


Rossi won in the premier class for the third successive year at Estoril. Spanish riders were successful in the smaller classes, with Toni Elias winning the 250cc race and Pablo Nieto taking his one and only GP victory in the 125cc class.

2004 Both Rossi and Elias repeated their victories of the previous year. The 125cc race was won by Hector Barbera from current 250cc rivals Mika Kallio and Jorge Lorenzo.

2005 Alex Barros dominated proceedings by winning the race from pole position and setting the fastest lap, as well as being fastest in every practice session. This was the last time that Barros has stood on the top step of the podium in Grand Prix racing. Casey Stoner won his first ever 250cc Grand Prix, while Kallio took his first ever Grand Prix win in the 125cc class.

2006 Elias scored his first MotoGP victory by just 0.002 seconds from Rossi, to equal the closest ever recorded finish in the premier class since the introduction of electronic timing.


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