Carlos Checa is returning to MotoGP for the final two rounds in place of Mika Kallio at Pramac Ducati. Checa raced in MotoGP from 1995 to 2007, winning two races, before moving to WSBK.

Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi is riding this weekend despite being diagnosed with fractures to the right foot he injured in Malaysia, on top of the groin injury he sustained last time out in Australia.

Former title contender Dani Pedrosa, who withdrew from the Australian event after attempting an early return from a broken collarbone, will be aiming to last the full weekend at Estoril.

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MotoGP is returning to two Friday practice sessions for the last two rounds of this season, but this morning's session saw only Hiroshi Aoyama and Checa record a lap time due to heavy rain.

FP2 was also wet, but track conditions were much better than this morning...

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Fiat Yamaha Team 1m 48.522s
2. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 1m 48.657s
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 1m 48.883s
4. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 1m 49.061s
5. Ben Spies USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m 49.721s
6. Marco Melandri ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m 49.784s
7. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 1m 50.043s
8. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m 51.283s
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 1m 52.294s
10. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m 52.575s
11. Hector Barbera ESP Paginas Amarillas Aspar 1m 53.131s
12. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m 53.510s
13. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team 1m 53.592s
14. Aleix Espargaro ESP Pramac Racing 1m 53.769s
15. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP 1m 54.389s
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m 54.410s
17. Carlos Checa ESP Pramac Racing 1m 54.444s

2009 Portuguese Grand Prix - 4/10/2009: Pole position: Jorge Lorenzo ESP Fiat Yamaha 1m 36.214s Fastest race lap: Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda 1m 36.937s