"I've always been strong at Estoril"
After the three Asian rounds, the MotoGP circus is back in Europe for the last two event of the season, in Portugal at Estoril and in Spain at Valencia.
Whilst the 125cc class already has its World Champion, Alvaro Bautista who took
the title in Australia, the 250cc and MotoGP riders are still fighting for the leadership in the final classification. The Humangest Racing Team Italian rider, Andrea Dovizioso hasn't given up yet even though he is at 27 points behind the leader Jorge Lorenzo.
Dovizioso who will race with the 35° anniversary sticker of Honda Italy for the second consecutive Grand Prix, believes in his potential and goes to Portugal very determined and motivated to battle for taking again a podium finish.
"Estoril is not one of the most interesting circuits in calendar but I've always been strong here because in the slow tracks I'm able to take fully advantage of my Honda RSW and make very good lines," said Andrea. "I have 27 points to recover from the leader and it's not easy to close the gap with two races to go, but I go to Portugal with the aim to win and reduce the gap from Lorenzo."
His team-mate, Yuki Takahashi who has announced the renewal of his contract for 2007 with Humangest Racing Team at Motegi, is keen to redeem the unlucky performance in Japan, where he crashed while he was fighting for the top positions.
"The GP of Japan has not been very lucky for me with the crash in front of my team-mate," said Yuki.
"The positive thing is that I signed the contract with the Humangest Racing Team for 2007, and so I will face the last two races of the season with less pressure and with the aim to get on the podium. When we tested here earlier in the year I was very fast and with the way I'm riding at the moment I expected to be competitive. We have a bike that turns well and with Estoril having many corners I'm optimistic we can have a good result."
In 125, Gabor Talmacsi is eighth in the championship with 103 points, just 4 points less than the 2005 World Champion Thomas Luthi; the Humangest Racing Team rider aims to finish the season as the best Honda rider in the final classification.
"Last year I was doing very well at Estoril as I was leading the race before crashing out. So this is a track that I like and that suit at my riding style, so there is the chance to get good results. But we have to work on the set-up of the bike and find a better solution compare to the previous races," explained Gabor Talmacsi.
Even for the last two races the young Kazuma Watanabe, 16 years-old and big talent of the Japanese motorcycle racing, will be Talmacsi's team-mate. The Humangest Racing Team believes in the potential of the young Japanese rider who will race at Estoril for the first time of his career.
"After the race at Motegi, where actually I crashed out, the Humangest Racing Team offered me another chance; I'm so happy that I don't know how to thank my team and the managers of the team. I'll try to do my best even though it won't be easy as Estoril is my first race out of Japan. So everything will be new for me and I'll have many things to learn. I hope to do it in the best way," concluded Kazuma Watanabe.