Having been roundly condemned for causing a second turn pile-up at Misano - which also eliminated Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and nearly claimed title contender Jorge Lorenzo - Alex de Angelis is determined to 'put things right' this weekend at Estoril.
de Angelis arrived at his home round on the crest of a wave, having taken his first MotoGP podium with an excellent second place at the previous Indianapolis outing - just the kind of result he needs to help find a new team for 2010.
But the outgoing Honda Gresini rider must now rebuild his reputation and prove that Misano - which marked his first non-score of the season - was a one-off mistake rather than a return to his erratic 2008 form.
"I've been training hard over the break and taking out my frustrations of the last race at Misano, when I crashed at the end of an otherwise positive weekend,” said Alex.
"It left a bitter taste in my mouth but I am in great form at the moment and at a circuit like Estoril, where I always went well in the smaller classes, I know I can put things right.
"Unfortunately last year I had a 39°C fever and it was a miracle that I made it to the end of the race.
"This year I go to Portugal with everything in my favour because I am starting to get the full potential out of my bike and the typically changeable conditions at Estoril won't worry me because we have already proved that we can be fast both in the wet and in the dry."
"Alex has improved a lot recently and one mistake at Misano does not wipe out all the progress he has made this year," stated team manager Fausto Gresini. "Even though the future of our team lies elsewhere, the present is Elias and de Angelis and we want to continue giving them the tools to be frontrunners in MotoGP until the final race of the season.”