Stoner: Lorenzo will be strong in Portugal
27 October 2010 – Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner believes new MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo could be the man to beat this weekend in Portugal, although he is ‘pretty confident’ he will be able to perform too. Indeed with three race wins from the last four events, the Australian is on a bit of a roll.
“I have had a mixture of different results at Estoril - some good like my first 250cc win in 2005 and a podium in 2007, some not so good like when we had a problem with the on-board camera in 2008,” Stoner said.
“Then we were back on the podium again in 2009. I was fast there last year but Jorge was a little faster. He is very strong at this circuit and I think we can expect him to be so again this Sunday.
“We will just have to focus on the job of setting the bike up. We know that there are a lot of bumps here and our bike usually reacts quite aggressively over bumps, so we will have to see if we can adapt the set up.
“The GP10 has worked well in all kinds of conditions [though] over the last few races so we're pretty confident.”
Team Manager Vittoriano Guareschi meanwhile added that they will all do their best to try and get a good result.
"We are back in Europe after a series of positive results overseas, and in Portugal at a circuit that perhaps isn't one of our best, but still we've had some good podiums there. Even though he has not won here yet in MotoGP, Casey has always been fast here and he returned after three months out to take an excellent second place last year," Guareschi added.
“Both he and [his team-mate] Nicky [Hayden] have found a set-up they feel comfortable with and we will also try to adapt it to this circuit. We know it won't be easy because Estoril is a demanding circuit with an irregular and slippery track surface but we are ready to give our best as always."