Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa are praying that the rain stays away from this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix as look to overturn Jorge Lorenzo's four point championship lead. Rain is forecast for Friday and Saturday although Sunday looks brighter, and Stoner expects to have the pace to beat Lorenzo in a dry Grand Prix.
“A flying visit back home to Switzerland and now we have the Grand Prix of Portugal this weekend. After our win in Jerez, I’m looking forward to going to Estoril and hopefully we can maintain the form we’ve had in the past two races as we’ve shown good pace. However, we do need to fix the arm pump issue as it’s held us back a little and it’s disappointing we weren’t able to fix it before Jerez. We’ve had some really good results at Estoril in the past, I got my first 250cc win there so I’ll be aiming for another good result but it would be really nice if we can have some better weather for the weekend!”.
Pedrosa was victorious in Portugal last year but his season quickly went downhill as he broke his collarbone at the next race. Dani is expecting Estoril to provide a tough challenge regardless of the weather but doesn't want rain complicating matters.
“I’m happy with our performance in the first two races, the results were good, but still not perfect. So, I will try to do the extra push in Estoril, where we achieved the first victory of the season last year after a very good weekend. It will be important to set up the bike well in a tricky circuit like this, with long corners and hard braking. It is the first time we go there with the 1000cc RC213V and a good position on the grid is always crucial in Estoril. We have to keep working hard like we did in Qatar and Jerez. Hopefully we can have good weather and the grandstands are full of Spanish fans as we had in Jerez on Sunday, especially being the last season we race in Estoril”.