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Casey looking for full house as Pedrosa targets 100th podium

Casey looking for full house as Pedrosa targets 100th podium

This week the MotoGP™ family head to Estoril, where Repsol Honda riders will be looking for yet another good outing after Casey Stoner´s victory and the third position finish of Dani Pedrosa in Jerez.

Stoner’s win marked the 41st time he has stood on the top step of the podium in Grand Prix racing, now lying in tenth place overall. The Australian has now also finished on the podium the last seventeen times in the MotoGP class. This is one of the longest podium sequences of all-time in the premier-class, equalling Mick Doohan during his Grand Prix career, with only Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi having had longer sequences.

Stoner, who took his first ever GP victory at Jerez last week, will try to do the same now in Estoril, the only track on the calendar where victory eludes him in the premier class. He won in 250cc (2005) and has 3 podium finishes in MotoGP.

Casey Stoner

"A flying visit back home to Switzerland and now we have the Grand Prix of Portugal this weekend. After our win in Jerez, I'm looking forward to going to Estoril and hopefully we can maintain the form we've had in the past two races as we've shown good pace. However, we do need to fix the arm pump issue as it's held us back a little and it's disappointing we weren't able to fix it before Jerez."

Dani won at Estoril in 2011, holds the circuit record from 2009 and has achieved 4 podiums out of 6 races in MotoGP class in Portugal. His third place finish at Jerez was the 99th time he has stood on the podium during his Grand Prix career, meaning one more top three finish will place him among only six other riders who have reached the milestone of 100 podium finishes in Grand Prix racing.

Dani Pedrosa

"I'm happy with our performance in the first two races, the results were good, but still not perfect. So, I will try to do the extra push in Estoril, where we achieved the first victory of the season last year after a very good weekend. It will be important to set up the bike well in a tricky circuit like this, with long corners and hard braking. It is the first time we go there with the 1000cc RC213V and a good position on the grid is always crucial in Estoril."

MotoGP, 2012, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL CIRCUITO ESTORIL, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Yamaha Factory Racing

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