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Sunday starts with wet track at Estoril

Sunday starts with wet track at Estoril

Race day at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal saw the MotoGP paddock wake up to damp conditions at Estoril after some overnight rain, though it is hoped that with further showers holding off and some sustained sunshine the racing surface could be dry by the time the MotoGP riders take to the track for their early afternoon race.

Race day at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal saw the MotoGP paddock wake up to damp conditions at Estoril after some overnight rain, though it is hoped that with further showers holding off and some sustained sunshine the racing surface could be dry by the time the MotoGP riders take to the track for their early afternoon race.

The warm-up sessions may well see the riders in all three classes using wet tyres though morning activity itself is likely to result in dry lines forming on the 4.182 km Portuguese circuit.

During those warm-up runs the likes of San Carlo Honda Gresini´s Alex de Angelis (`flu) and Alice Team pair Sylvain Guintoli (twisted ankle) and Toni Elias (bruised foot) will test their physical conditions and make last minute adjustments in order to get comfortable on board their respective 800cc prototypes.

Meanwhile Fiat Yamaha´s pole man Jorge Lorenzo will hope that handlebar adjustments to his M1 will prevent the discomfort he has felt in his forearms during the races at rounds one and two.

Water remaining on track by the time the 250cc race commences at 11.15am local time is a distinct possibility and with the MotoGP contest taking place earlier than usual at the local time of 1pm the riders will need to be ready for all conditions, with Estoril´s unique challenges requiring them to keep their wits about them.

In an additional change to the normal schedule the 125cc riders race later than usual as the last to take to the track for their 2.30pm showdown.

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL

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