Bradl (Suter) and Baldolini (ICP) continued to contest victory to the flag, but just behind them a mighty ten-rider battle was raging for third place. Had they not be chopping and changing at just about every turn, the pack had the speed to catch the leaders, but the fairing bashing behind allowed Bradl and Baldolini breathing room.
It was Bradl's first win since 2008 in the 125cc class, while Baldolini had been without a podium after almost nine full years of grand prix racing! It was also by far the best result for the little known ICP chassis.
Sofuoglu seemed to regroup in the closing stages and was desperately clinging to third on the last lap, only to be passed by both Alex de Angelis
and Scott Redding out of the very final turn.
Regardless of the end result, the 17 time WSS winner, who will also race in the Valencia finale, should have no problem finding a competitive ride for the full 2011 season, as is his aim.
By contrast, fellow 2010 world champion Elias, riding at the scene of his epic 2006 MotoGP race win, had a day to forget after crashing from eighth on lap 16. It was Toni's first non-score of the year.
Race results - Estoril:
1. Bradl (Suter)
2. Baldolini (ICP) +0.068s
3. de Angelis (MotoBI) +2.830s
4. Redding (Suter) +2.842s
5. Sofuoglu (Suter) +2.947s
6. de Rosa (Tech 3) +3.311s
7. West (MZ) +3.385s
8. Talmacsi (Speed Up) +3.952s
9. Aegerter (Suter) +4.284s
10. Abraham (FTR) +4.311s