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Stoner starts recovery at Estoril

"We will be looking to get back some points against Lorenzo as he has been the strongest there in the past 3 years" - Casey Stoner.
After being caught up in Valentino Rossi's accident and eliminated from the Spanish MotoGP, Casey Stoner starts the task of trying to hunt down new points leader Jorge Lorenzo at Estoril this weekend.

It won't be an easy task. Lorenzo has won on all three of his Portuguese MotoGP appearances, while new Repsol Honda rider Stoner has scored two podiums at the track.

"I had a good rest in Switzerland and I feel very good at the moment," said Stoner. "I'm looking forward to Portugal after a difficult last race in Jerez, we were looking for a good result in Spain after positive practice sessions and qualifying so we are happy to get back on track.

“Estoril is not one of my favourite tracks but we have had good success there in the past. We will be looking to get back some points against Lorenzo as he has been the strongest there in the past 3 years.

“I think our bike should work quite well at this circuit as it has some tight turns with exits onto big straights so I hope to find some good traction in these points and be competitive from the first day".

After being unable to restart his RCV following the Jerez fall, Qatar winner Stoner has slipped 20 points behind Lorenzo after two rounds.

The Australian is still third in the championship however, eleven points from team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Stoner has been on pole for both races so far this year.



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King Kenny - Unregistered

April 26, 2011 3:57 PM

IMO, both on dry and wet Lorenzo is favorite. 3 years in motogp, 3 poles in Estoril, 3 victories, twice set the fastest race lap. Estoril is to Lorenzo what Phillip Island is to Stoner, pretty much. Also, Lorenzo is ahead of the competition in points, which means he'll be calm and confident. Stoner has fallen 20 points behind and needs to claim back some of those points, so he'll take more risks. Pedrosa hasn't trained for a month, and we still have to see the results of his surgery. Rossi's bike isn't fixed yet although his shoulder is getting better. I'd say 1st Lorenzo, 2nd Stoner, 3rd Pedrosa.

Southerner

April 26, 2011 6:47 PM

Well said King Kenny. @ Bodz,seriously,do you really believe Casey should follow Rossi around for a few tips as to how to ride a Ducati or Honda or anything two wheels ? I really just hope that Rossi doesn't have another 'brain fade' and compromises another title contender's aspirations this upcomming weekend.



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