2010 MotoGP Estoril Results

October 31, 2010
Matt Davidson
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Jorge Lorenzo has now been undefeated at Estoril for three years after taking his eighth win of the season in Portugal.
Jorge Lorenzo has now been undefeated at Estoril for three years after taking his eighth win of the season in Portugal.

Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo claimed victory at Estoril on Sunday, making it the third consecutive year that he’s dominated at the Portuguese circuit. It was also the Spaniard’s eighth win of a spectacular 2010 season, which has already seen the 23-year-old snag his first world crown a full three rounds prior to the season finale at Valencia. The podium was rounded out by Lorenzo’s Yamaha teammate, Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso.

From pole position Lorenzo took to the front quickly but became involved in a tense battle with Rossi early. On Lap 17 of the 28-lap contest the Spaniard overtook his teammate, and gradually began separating himself from the action behind him.

“On the warm-up lap I could see there were still a few wet parts and I knew that I was going to have to be careful at the beginning,” said Lorenzo. “I got a great start and was in the lead but eventually Valentino overtook me and then off he went. He had a better pace than me and I couldn’t go with him. As the track got drier I found my pace improving and then step-by-step I closed the gap and was able to get past him. At that point I felt really good and I am so happy to win for the third time here at Estoril.”
Lorenzo’s success came as the champion was approaching seven winless rounds. With his most recent victory Lorenzo may still be able to manage the largest amount of points earned during a single season, which is currently held by Rossi at 373.
Earning his 10th podium of the 2010 season, Rossi crossed the finish line more than eight seconds behind Lorenzo and 17 seconds ahead of Dovizioso.

“Like I said yesterday, a wet warm up and a dry race is a difficult one,” Rossi said. “I am happy about this weekend, we worked really well on the bike on the wet and this morning I was the fastest in the warm up, if it had been a wet race I could have been very competitive. For the dry we started blind so I had to try to take some risks at the beginning because the setting was ok, but it was not enough because when Jorge got into his rhythm he was faster than me, I had no way to fight with him. I tried to stay with him but he was too fast. Anyway second-place is positive for my championship because I am

Repsol Hondas Andrea Dovizioso  #4  won a tight battle with Marco Simoncelli  #58  for his seventh podium finish of the season.
Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso (#4) won a tight battle with Marco Simoncelli (#58) for his seventh podium finish of the season.

back in third-place and I’m not so far from Dani Pedrosa in second.”

In the final laps Dovi became caught in an exciting battle with San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli. Dovizioso opened up a slight advantage near the end, and it proved adequate for the Italian to take his seventh podium finish by just 0.059 seconds ahead of Simoncelli. Despite losing the battle in the end, Simoncelli was overjoyed to have pulled in his highest finish of the season in fourth.
Ducati’s Nicky Hayden took fifth for the day after starting the race from second on the grid. The American ran more than half a second adrift of Simoncelli in the end, and was closely shadowed by LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet, who finished sixth more than 28 seconds off the pace of Lorenzo. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards also followed closely behind in seventh across the line, coming three seconds shy of a top-five finish.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, making his return after having surgery to repair the collarbone which he fractured at Motegi, earned eighth in Round 17 of the 18-round championship. San Carlo Honda’s Marco Melandri and Paginas Amarillas Aspar’s Hector Barbera were the top-10 finishers for the day in ninth and 10th, respectively.
Suffering extreme disappointment in Portugal was Ducati’s Casey Stoner and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies. Stoner experienced a crash on Lap 5 which left him unable to finish. Meanwhile, Spies couldn’t participate in the main event after dislocating his left ankle during his sighting lap. The Texan is optimistic though of being able to race in the final round of the championship. Also failing to finish was Carlos Checa, who had issues with arm pump and had to drop out on Lap 15.

“My bike was perfect, but my forearm, unfortunately, not,” said Checa. “I feel sorry for the technicians who worked for me this weekend and for the Pramac Racing Team, for not having completed today’s race. After six laps my forearm pain was really insufferable, I could not properly use the brake, my lap pace was not as good as the beginning of the race, and because of the pain I could not be as fast as I wanted. I tried to keep it until the end, but the pain was too strong to complete the fifteen laps that had separated me from the checked flag.”

2010 MotoGP Estoril Results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)

Valentino Rossi  #46  had the lead in the beginning ahead of Jorge Lorenzo  #99   but as the track surface dried Rossi lost his advantage and the Spaniard was able to outpace him.
Valentino Rossi (#46) had the lead in the beginning ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (#99), but as the track surface dried Rossi lost his advantage and the Spaniard was able to outpace him.

3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
4. Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
5. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
6. Randy de Puniet (Honda)
7. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
8. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
9. Marco Melandri (Honda)
10. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
11. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
13. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki)
DNF Carlos Checa (Ducati)
DNF Casey Stoner (Ducati)
DNF Aleix Espargaro (Ducati)
DNF Ben Spies (Yamaha)

2010 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 358
2. Dani Pedrosa, 236
3. Valentino Rossi, 217
4. Casey Stoner, 205
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 195
6. Ben Spies, 163
7. Nicky Hayden, 163
8. Marco Simoncelli, 115
9. Randy de Puniet, 110
10. Marco Melandri, 100

Gabor Talmacsi will start from first on the grid after achieving his first pole position this season at Estoril.
After starting from pole position Gabor Talmacsi finished eighth during an extremely difficult Moto 2 race at Estoril.

Moto 2

Viessmann Kiefer Racing’s Stefan Bradl earned his first podium in the Moto 2 class in Estoril, and also landed his first victory as well. It was an exciting battle that ended with Bradl crossing the line just 0.068 seconds ahead of Alex Baldolini after the two traded paint in the final stages of the race. Alex de Angelis rounded out the podium in the adrenaline-filled competition, in the end finishing 2.83 seconds behind Bradl for his third top-three finish in a row.
Meanwhile, Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding managed a great surge through the field to take fourth only 0.012 seconds behind De Angelis. The British rider was followed by Turkish competitor Kenan Sofuoglu who, in his debut, led the race at one point before being overtaken by Bradl and finished fifth in the field.
Tech 3 Racing’s Raffaele De Rosa, MZ Racing’s Anthony West both posted their best results of the season in sixth and seventh respectively, while Fimmco Speed Up’s Gabor Talmacsi – who started the contest from pole position – finished in eighth. Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter and Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham rounded out the top-10, with Abraham crossing the line more than four seconds off the pace of Bradl.

The great battle for second in the championship will go down to the wire as Mapfre Aspar’s Julian Simon finished 12th and Fimmco Speed Up’s Andrea Iannone took 21st. Simon leads by only six points heading into the final round at Valencia.
2010 Moto 2 Estoril Results:
1. Stefan Bradl (Suter)
2. Alex Baldolini (I.C.P.)
3. Alex de Angelis (Motobi)
4. Scott Redding (Suter)

Alex de Angelis claimed his first Moto 2 victory at Phillip Island ahead of Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone.
Alex de Angelis claimed the final podium position in Portugal after outpacing a handful of other riders. 

5. Kenan Sofuoglu (Suter)
6. Raffaele de Rosa (Tech 3)
7. Anthony West (MZ-RE Honda)
8. Gabor Talmacsi (Speed Up)
9. Dominique Aegerter (Suter)
10. Karel Abraham (FTR)
11. Hector Faubel (Suter)
12. Julian Simon (Suter)
13. Axel Pons (Pons Kalex)
14. Simone Corsi (Motobi)
15. Robertino Pietri (Suter)
2010 Moto 2 Estoril Championship Points:
1. Toni Elias, 271
2. Julian Simon, 185
3. Andrea Iannone, 179
4. Thomas Luthi, 143
5. Simone Corsi, 129
6. Gabor Talmacsi, 103
7. Jules Cluzel, 101
8. Stefan Bradl, 97
9. Scott Redding, 91
10. Yuki Takahashi, 86

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