Estoril marks 10th anniversary for Lorenzo

Thursday, 3 May 2012

On a weekend which not only marks Jorge Lorenzo´s 25th birthday, but also the 10th anniversary of his 125cc GP debut, the Mallorcan rider will be looking to replicate the form he had from 2008 to 2011, where he took four pole positions and three race wins at the Portuguese track.

He arrives in confident mood as the Championship leader, having taken victory in Qatar and a second place finish in Jerez last weekend. Teammate Ben Spies arrives in Portugal determined to get his 2012 Championship back on track after a frustrating start to the season. The Texan has yet to complete a MotoGP race at the Estoril circuit having suffered misfortune in both 2010 and 2011.

Estoril provides one of the most challenging circuits for set up, featuring one of the longest straights of the MotoGP calendar combined with the one of the slowest corners. Lorenzo and Spies will need all their rider skills to negotiate the slow twisty sections then hold their nerve for the high speed 200km/h kink at turn five and the infamous final Parabolica corner leading to the finish line.

Jorge Lorenzo

“We go to Estoril now, a track which has seen very good results for me. I have had some great victories here, and really enjoy the racing. I think we can be very strong in the race and as in Jerez I think the right tyres will be very important. We are leading the Championship but the competition is very tough so we must give everything to try and stay in front. We also will test on Monday which will be important to continue to make the 1000cc M1 even better.”

Ben Spies

“It’s been a pretty rough start to the season so far, we’re going to Estoril determined to get our championship back on track and get back up there. I’ve been pretty unlucky in Portugal so it’s time to change that and deliver a good result. We will work hard from the first session to find a good set up that works and see what we can do on Sunday.”

Wilco Zeelenberg, Team Manager

“It’s been a very good season so far, now we arrive in Estoril, another favourite track for Jorge, with him leading the Championship again, as was the case last year. We are definitely more competitive this year so we hope to be able to keep pushing at the front in all sessions and at least retain if not grow our Championship lead.”

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