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A look back at last year´s visit to Estoril

A look back at last year´s visit to Estoril

The 2007 Portuguese GP came towards the end of the season with the round 14 MotoGP race resulting in a win for Fiat Yamaha´s Valentino Rossi, following a brilliant battle at the front with Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa - to temporarily put Casey Stoner´s title celebrations on hold.

The 2007 Portuguese GP came towards the end of the season with the round 14 MotoGP race resulting in a win for Fiat Yamaha´s Valentino Rossi, following a brilliant battle at the front with Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa - to temporarily put Casey Stoner´s title celebrations on hold.

The bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal, staged midway through September, saw Rossi duelling with Pedrosa throughout the final laps, eventually crossing the line just 0.175s in front of the Spanish rider to claim his fourth victory of the season and his first win since Assen three months previously.

The result was great news for Yamaha with Rossi making the most of his recently updated M1 800cc prototype machinery - with its new pneumatic engine - answering the critics in style.

Third placed Stoner had to put the champagne on ice as he saw his advantage at the head of the general standings drop to 76 points, but the young Aussie nonetheless rode with great maturity to secure the final podium spot.

With pole man Nicky Hayden finishing fourth at the scene of his 2006 heartbreak, Michelin demonstrated improved competitiveness with three riders in the top four.

Another solid run from Honda Gresini´s Marco Melandri resulted in a top five finish, whilst Rizla Suzuki´s John Hopkins came home sixth having started in his lowest grid position of the year up to that point, in tenth.

Spanish pair Carlos Checa (Honda LCR) and Toni Elias (Honda Gresini) were seventh and eighth respectively, with Ducati Marlboro´s Loris Capirossi and Fiat Yamaha´s Colin Edwards completing the top ten.

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL

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