Ducati Team returns to the track for Portuguese GP

2012-05-02 09:26
The Ducati Team has transferred to Portugal for the third round of the MotoGP World Championship, which will take place on Sunday at Circuito Estoril, a track that, despite being notable for having the slowest average speed on the Grand Prix calendar, also includes some very fast sections like Turn 5, which is taken at approximately 200 Km/h (125 mph).

In twelve premier-class races at the circuit, Valentino Rossi has won five times and scored some additional podium finishes, while Nicky Hayden’s best finish there was a fourth place in 2007. The team will remain at the track on Monday for a post-race test.

VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team
“I like the Estoril track. It has some sections that are a bit tricky and the weather can be very unpredictable, but I like to race there. We had a decent race in Portugal last year with the Ducati, and we hope to do the same this Sunday. The plan is to start on Friday with the setting that we used in the race at Jerez, as I think it has some more potential for us to work toward. We’ll see if we can take a step forward and improve our result somewhat.”

NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Team
“There hasn’t been much time since Jerez, which is good, as I enjoy back-to-back races. I rode to Portugal in the motor home, and it was a really short, easy trip. I can’t say that I love or hate Estoril. It’s a tight track with a little bit of everything, and the wind can be challenging. My favourite part is the fast corner in the back, but the rest of it is pretty normal. I’m looking forward to Friday. We’ll see what the weather’s going to be like, as it’s pretty unpredictable here. What we don’t need is exactly what we had in Jerez: mostly wet sessions and then having to go into a dry race. It’s clear we need the whole weekend to try to sort some things out and put up a better fight on Sunday.”

VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we find conditions in Portugal to be similar to those we left behind at Jerez, but although we went well in the rain there, we hope for a weekend with nice weather this time, which would allow us to take full advantage of all the available track time. The Estoril GP will be important for confirming that we’re on the right path in terms of the GP12’s setup, with both Vale and Nicky. Then on Monday we’ll have a day of post-race testing during which we can make some more checks as we continue our bike’s development.”

ESTORIL CIRCUIT RECORDS
Lap Record: Dani Pedrosa (Honda – 2009), 1:36.937, 155.309 Km/h (96.505 mph)
Best Pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2008), 1:35.715, 157.291 Km/h (97.736 mph)
Track Length: 4.182 km (2.599 mi)
2012 MotoGP Race: 28 laps (117.096 km, 72.760 mi)
2012 MotoGP Race Time: 1:00 p.m. local time

2011 Podium: 1st Dani Pedrosa, 2nd Jorge Lorenzo, 3rd Casey Stoner
2011 Pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1:37.161 – 298.3 Km/h (185.4 mph)
2011 Fastest Lap: (27th lap) Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1:37.629 – 154.208 Km/h (95.820 mph)

DUCATI TEAM RESULTS AT ESTORIL (BEST FINISH)
2011: 5th (Rossi)
2010: 5th (Hayden)
2009: 2nd (Stoner)
2008: 6th (Stoner)
2007: 3rd (Stoner)
2006: 12th (Capirossi)
2005: 5th (Checa)
2004: 7th (Capirossi)
2003: 3rd (Capirossi)

DUCATI TEAM – RIDER INFO

VALENTINO ROSSI

Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race Number: 46
Age: 33 (born in Pesaro, Italy, 16 February 1979)
Residence: Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy)
Number of GPs: 260 (200 x MotoGP/500cc, 30 x 250cc, 30 x 125cc)
First GP: 1996 Malaysian GP (125cc)
Number of Wins: 105 (79 x MotoGP, 14 x 250cc, 12 x 125cc)
First GP Win: 1996 Czech Republic GP (125cc)
Poles: 59 (49 x MotoGP, 5 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Pole: 1996 Czech Republic GP (125cc)
World Championships: 9 (6 x MotoGP, 1 x 500cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 125cc)

Rossi’s MotoGP Results at Estoril
2011: Qualifying, 9th; Race, 5th
2010: Qualifying, 3rd; Race, 2nd
2009: Qualifying, 2nd; Race, 4th
2008: Qualifying, 3rd; Race, 3rd
2007: Qualifying, 3rd; Race, 1st
2006: Qualifying, 1st; Race, 2nd
2005: Qualifying, 4th; Race, 2nd
2004: Qualifying, 2nd; Race, 1st
2003: Qualifying, 3rd; Race, 1st
2002: Qualifying, 3rd; Race, 1st
2001: Qualifying, 3rd; Race, 1st
2000: Qualifying, 12th; Race, 3rd

NICKY HAYDEN
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race Number: 69
Age: 30 (born in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA, 30 July 1981)
Residence: Owensboro (Kentucky, USA)
Number of GPs: 153 (153 x MotoGP)
First GP: 2003 Japanese GP (MotoGP)
Number of Wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP Win: 2005 USA GP (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First Pole: 2005 USA GP (MotoGP)
World Championships: 1 (6 x MotoGP, 2006)

Hayden’s MotoGP Results at Estoril
2011: Qualifying, 13th; Race, 9th
2010: Qualifying, 2nd; Race, 5th
2009: Qualifying, 9th; Race, 8th
2008: Qualifying, 4th; Race, DNF
2007: Qualifying, 1st; Race, 4th
2006: Qualifying, 3rd; Race, DNF
2005: Qualifying, 9th; Race, 7th
2004: Qualifying, -; Race, DNS
2003: Qualifying, 15th; Race, 9th

Source: Ducati

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