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MotoGP riders Estoril records

MotoGP riders Estoril records

Get in the know about the MotoGP riders Estoril backgrounds with some interesting facts about their previous Portuguese sojourns.

Get in the know about the MotoGP riders Estoril backgrounds with some interesting facts about their previous Portuguese sojourns.

Casey Stoners victory in the 250cc race at Estoril in 2005 was his first ever win in the 250cc class. That is Stoners only point scoring finish at the Estoril circuit to date; he retired from the wet 125cc race in 2002, did not start the race in 2003 after a crash during practice, retired from the 125cc race in 2004 with machine damage after a collision with Simone Corsi and crashed out of the MotoGP race last year on lap two.

If Stoner wins the race in Portugal he will be the youngest rider ever in the 59-year history of the world championships to have won four successive premier-class races.

Valentino Rossi has a fantastic record at Estoril having finished on the podium on each of his seven visits to the circuit, including a sequence of four successive victories from 2001 to 2004. For first time since Rossi started racing in the premier class in 2000 he has now gone four successive races without finishing on the podium.

Estoril is one of only two of the current circuits where Dani Pedrosa has not had a podium finish in any class of Grand Prix racing, the other being Misano where he raced for the first time this year.

Chris Vermeulen has scored 72 points over the last six races and has only been outscored over this period by championship leader Stoner.

John Hopkins best results at Estoril are the sixth place finishes he achieved in both 2004 and 2006 the latter when he was the first rider home using Bridgestone tyres.

Marco Melandris best finish in the MotoGP class at Estoril was fourth in 2005.

Colin Edwards had one of his best weekends of 2006 at Estoril, finishing in fourth place, less than a second behind the winner after qualifying in second place on the grid.

Loris Capirossi has had two podium finishes at Estoril, including a third place in 2003 - which is the best ever result for a Ducati rider at the circuit.

Estoril is one of Nicky Haydens least successful circuits, having finished seventh in 2005 and ninth in 2003. Hayden did not race at Estoril in 2004 after suffering injuries while riding a Supermoto bike and was knocked off last year by his team-mate Pedrosa on lap five.

Alex Barros had his best ever Grand Prix weekend on his last visit to Estoril in 2005 he won the race from pole position after topping the tables in every qualifying and free practice session.

Toni Elias has a fantastic record at Estoril, having won there three times in the last four years; the 250cc GP race in 2003 and 2004, and the MotoGP race last year. His victory by just 0.002 seconds last year came after he had qualified down in eleventh place on the grid.

Randy de Puniet had considerable success when racing in the 250cc class at Estoril with podium finishes in three successive years. De Puniets tenth place finish last year at Estoril was his best result in his debut season riding in the MotoGP class.

Shinya Nakanos eighth place finish in 2005 is the best result for a Kawasaki rider at the Estoril circuit.

Makoto Tamada had his best result of 2006 at the Portuguese GP, finishing in fifth place.

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