News & Multimedia

MotoGP Race Report: Grand Prix Of Portugal

The circle is complete for Casey Stoner after a lights-to-flag victory Sunday, May 6 in the Grand Prix of Portugal.

Reigning World Champion Stoner now has won at every circuit on the current MotoGP schedule after earning his first victory at Estoril on his Repsol Honda, beating rival and fellow World Champion Jorge Lorenzo to the finish by 1.421 seconds.

Stoner took the championship lead by one point, 66-65, over Lorenzo with his second consecutive victory of the season. Dani Pedrosa finished third on a Repsol Honda, while Tech 3 Yamaha teammates Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

“In the end, it was another fantastic weekend for us,” Stoner said. “In warm-up we didn’t have a big problem with chatter, but then for the race, under the warmer conditions, we struggled a lot more. This was very difficult to ride with. I was changing the mapping to try and reduce the chatter problem. Toward the end of the race, I began to understand how to ride around it.”

Stoner led from pole, pulling out a lead of nearly 1.5 seconds in the first few laps. But Lorenzo began to chip away on his Yamaha Factory Racing machine as Stoner suffered from tire chatter, pulling to within two-tenths of a second just past the halfway point.

But then Stoner rebuilt a larger gap and pulled away for the victory.

Ben Spies led the American contingent by finishing eighth on his Yamaha Factory Racing bike. Nicky Hayden finished 11th on his Ducati, the first time this season he has placed behind teammate Valentino Rossi, who finished seventh. Hayden’s bike was plagued by an electrical problem caused by radio signal interference at the circuit.

American Colin Edwards did not race after suffering a broken collarbone during qualifying Saturday. He will undergo surgery to repair the injury this week in Barcelona, Spain. Randy de Puniet fell in front of Edwards in qualifying, causing Edwards to crash.

In other MotoGP news, American Kenny Noyes was named this weekend as the reserve rider for the Pramac Ducati team. Noyes, who raced in Moto2 in 2010-11, will race for the team if race rider Hector Barbera is unable to compete due to injury.

The next MotoGP race is the French Grand Prix on Sunday, May 20 at Le Mans. The Red Bull Indianapolis GP is the 11th of 18 races this season, Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

PODIUM FINISHER QUOTES

CASEY STONER (Winner, Repsol Honda Team): “In the end, it was another fantastic weekend for us. This morning we were more confident but also a little concerned because yesterday afternoon when we had a very similar setting to FP3, the bike was a little bit worse in the warm conditions. In warm-up we didn't have a big problem with chatter, but then for the race, under the warmer conditions, we struggled a lot more. This was very difficult to ride with. I was changing the mapping to try and reduce the chatter problem. Toward the end of the race, I began to understand how to ride around it.”

JORGE LORENZO (Second, Yamaha Factory Racing): “I’m happy with this second position because I was expecting to fight for third or fourth and not the victory. The bike improved a lot from the practices, so it was possible. I had two problems. At the start, I used a lot of clutch and burnt it. So for two or three laps, it was burning, and I lost a lot of distance from Casey. Also at the end, Casey was very strong. After this, everything was working well and I made a fastest lap, which is not very common for me. We are just one point behind Casey. Hopefully we can improve something on the bike (in testing) tomorrow and be in front again.”

DANI PEDROSA (Third, Repsol Honda Team): “It’s been a really tough race from the beginning. The pace was very, very high from the first lap to the final one. Casey did a good race, unbelievably strong. I had a big shake in the first braking area; Casey and Jorge overtook me, and I lost 1.5 seconds on the first lap. Three races on the podium is very good overall, but in three races we missed something. So let’s try it again in the next one.”

AMERICAN RIDER QUOTES

BEN SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing, eighth): “Very mixed emotions today. This is actually the first time in three years that I’ve finished a race here. As I told the team, I made four or five big mistakes during the race; they cost me time and places. It was a rough race, but I’m continuing to build my confidence. I don’t enjoy Estoril, so I’m happy to have finished. Now we go to Le Mans, which is a great event with an amazing crowd but another track I don’t love so much. I’m happy with the bike and its performance, so we’ll continue to build my confidence and improve the results.”

NICKY HAYDEN (Ducati Team, 11th): “Starting from the first lap, there was an electrical problem, and the bike didn’t know where it was on the track. I tried my best to ride around the problem and not make mistakes. It’s really a shame to work hard all weekend but not be able to take advantage of it with a result in the race. The team did a great job overnight, and I felt so much better this morning in the warm-up. I almost matched my qualifying lap and was pretty consistent. Of course I’m not saying I was going to fight for the win, but it would have been nice to at least have a decent race.”

POINTS

Riders: Casey Stoner 66, Jorge Lorenzo 65, Dani Pedrosa 52, Cal Crutchlow 37, Andrea Dovizioso 35, Alvaro Bautista 29, Stefan Bradl 24, Nicky Hayden 23, Valentino Rossi 22, Hector Barbera 19, Ben Spies 18, Aleix Espargaro 9, Randy de Puniet 6, Colin Edwards 4, Danilo Petrucci 4, Michele Pirro 2, Mattia Pasini 2, Yonny Hernandez 2, Ivan Silva 1.

Manufacturers:
Honda 70, Yamaha 65, Ducati 27, ART 11, Suter 4, Ioda 4, FTR 2, BQR-FTR 2, BQR 1.

MotoGP SUPPORT CLASS WINNERS

    Moto2: Marc Marquez, Spain, Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter-Honda.
    Moto3: Sandro Cortese, Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
MotoGP Race Report: Grand Prix Of Portugal
 
MotoGP Race Report: Grand Prix Of Portugal
Reigning World Champion Stoner now has won at every circuit on the current MotoGP schedule after earning his first victory at Estoril on his Repsol Honda, beating rival and fellow World Champion Jorge Lorenzo to the finish by 1.421 seconds.
Read More
Related Media
CICOA at IMS
 
Carpenter Helps Celebrate CICOA Meals & More Program's 18 Millionth Meal
The CICOA Meals & More program works to combat that, providing 2,000 meals every weekday in clients’ homes and at 27 Central Indiana meal sites. And on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, CICOA served its 18 millionth meal to a senior guest.
Read More
Bloomington Gold
 
Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA Coming To IMS in June 2015
Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA, “The Granddaddy of Corvette Shows,” will make its inaugural appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from June 25-27, 2015.
Read More
Kevin Harvick
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Harvick Wins at Phoenix
Harvick won for the third straight race and sixth time overall on the 1-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway, leading 264 of 312 laps to secure the only automatic transfer spot of the Eliminator round.
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Red Bull Indianapolis GP Honored as 'Best Grand Prix' by MotoGP
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP was named by MotoGP as the circuit’s “Best Grand Prix” in 2014, the first North American race so honored.
Read More
On Any Sunday Director, Dana Brown
 
Q&A: Dana Brown, Director "On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter"
Opening today in theatres nationwide is Red Bull Media House’s “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter,” directed by Dana Brown, Bruce’s son. The sequel shows how the sport and culture of motorcycles have grown in four decades since the original, and the action shot in 4K Ultra HD takes viewers even closer to the racing and the personalities. Among the subjects that Dana Brown shadowed is MotoGP rider Marc Marquez, the winner of the 2013 and 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 474
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Phil Sparks at (317) 492-6463 or email at psparks@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
We at IMS have a lot to be thankful for - great racing, fast cars and AWESOME fans. We share more on the blog: http://t.co/tXyH4YyDXI
about 1 hour ago