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Portuguese MotoGP
Estoril - 13 April, 2008

Race result after 28 laps:

1 J Lorenzo (Sp) Yamaha

2 D Pedrosa (Sp) Honda

3 V Rossi (It) Yamaha

4 C Edwards (US) Yamaha

5 J Hopkins (US) Kawasaki

6 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati

7 J Toseland (GB) Yamaha

8 C Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki


By Julian Shea

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Lap 28: It was only a matter of time - in his third MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo romps to his first victory. Dani Pedrosa looks unimpressed with second spot, but Rossi's third place finish keeps up his amazing record of a podium place every time he has competed at Estoril.

Casey Stoner does superbly to salvage his weekend by finishing sixth, and James Toseland manages a seventh place finish on his first time at the circuit.

Lorenzo celebrates with his trademark Lorenzo Land flag-planting ceremony.

Lap 26: That'll teach me to tempt fate - de Puniet passes Toseland and as the Englishman attempts to get back past him, has a nasty wiggle which could end his chances. But before I can even finish writing that, de Puniet loses his front wheel and slides into the gravel, gifting Toseland seventh place again!


Lap 24: Rossi is well off the lead in third place so the longest wait of his career for a win goes on. The fact his team-mate is doing so well this season has got to sting. Lorenzo leads Pedrosa by 1.7 seconds.

Lap 22: Stoner seems to have burnt off Toseland for sixth place but a seventh place finish will see him move up the championship standings after Dovizioso's failure to finish. That'll be some consolation.

Lap 20: Stoner's comeback continues as he passes Toseland to go into sixth place. Last time out Loris Capirossi complained about Toseland's style being a bit aggressive so how will be react to the champion passing him like that? Lorenzo 's 1.6 seconds clear of Pedrosa at the front. Looks comfortable.

Lap 16: Dovizioso's a goner - an unforced error seems him off onto the grass. And Nicky Hayden soon follows him out of the race - not sure why, it happened off camera. Is the rain worse than it looks? The shuffle up front sees Toseland move to sixth place and Stoner up to eighth. Don't expect him to be smiling too much just yet though.

Lap 15: Pedrosa nips past Rossi and slams the door shut at the next corner to deny the Doctor a chance of getting back into second place. Today was Lorenzo's third pole position in as many races - third time lucky for a win, maybe? Meanwhile, Toseland moves up to eighth and Stoner's miserable weekend goes on - having started in ninth, he's now back to 11th.

Lap 14: Another fastest lap of the day for leader Lorenzo, 1:37.850.

Lap 13: Audacious - Lorenzo goes down the inside of Rossi and sneaks past him into first place. His 12th lap is the fastest of the day so far, 1:37.888 and he opens up a 0.456 second gap on Rossi.

Lap 12: Lorenzo sneaks up on the inside of Pedrosa as they go into the turn at the end of the strait and Pedrosa goes wide.

Lap 11: No change at the front, but Nicky Hayden passes Colin Edwards into fourth place. Toseland is in ninth, with Stoner,

Lap 10: Pedrosa finds a way past Lorenzo on the strait and moves into second behind Rossi.

Lap 9: Casey Stoner really looks uncomfortable, something is flapping off the left-hand side of his fairing so something on the bike has probably packed up.

Lap 7: Chris Vermeulen and James Toseland both pass Stoner! Toseland into ninth place now. The gap from leader Rossi to Hayden in 7th is just 0.2 seconds.

Lap 4: Rossi is 0.4 seconds ahead of Lorenzo now, with Pedrosa sitting on his back wheel in third. You could throw a hanky over the front five. James Toseland and Chris Vermuelen are almost swapping paint in the battle for ninth place, right behind Casey Stoner.

"Rossi to end his winless streak today. The Doctor has enough experience to see this one home."
RebelArmyRedDevil, via 606

Lap 2: Rossi goes into the dirt but holds on for the lead ahead of Lorenzo. Rain on the camera lenses suggests the elements could play a big role in the outcome of this race.

1300: Bizarre - Loris Capirossi and Casey Stoner are in the wrong grid positions! But we're off, and into the first corner, Pedrosa goes in ahead of Rossi, but only the second corner Rossi nips into the lead. Frantic stuff to start.

1250: Chat from the grid - James Toseland has finally got his new engine, so is talking up his chances. And after yesterday's miserable qualifying display, Casey Stoner was fastest in warm-up this morning. He's starting from ninth place, but only a fool would think that means he's out of the reckoning.

1205 BST: Afternoon all, everyone ready for another day of noisy two-wheeled entertainment?

Round three takes us to Portugal, and the world's number one tennis player Roger Federer is in the stands to see what delights the day throws up. The action has already got under way with the 250cc race taking place.

Alvaro Bautista romped to victory, taking the lead on the first lap and holding on for a comfortable triumph. But the real drama came in the closing strait as KTM rider Mika Kallio tried to pass Gilera's Marco Simoncelli right at the death.

The pair's legs touched as the Finn tried to pop out of the Italian's slipstream to overtake him on the left, but Simoncelli was having none of it and held on for second place and his first podium finish.

Suffice to say the Finn was unimpressed, and made his feelings clear - the post-race news conference could be a tasty affair with those two sitting next to one another....

Please get in touch with us on 606 or by texting 81111 to let us know your thoughts on all the action. May the best - and fastest - man win.

see also
Live: Portuguese MotoGP Extra
08 Sep 07 |  Motorsport
MotoGP on the BBC
13 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Lorenzo sprints to Estoril pole
12 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Tech 3 extend Toseland's contract
12 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Webb claims career-best position
12 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
10 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
MotoGP standings
30 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Pedrosa cruises to Jerez victory
30 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Stoner claims win in Qatar opener
09 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes

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