Estoril : Team KR - Preview
With just two rounds to go in the MotoGP championship, Kenny Roberts Jr and the Team KR head to Estoril, a track that has only been on the calendar since 2000.
In those years since its arrival Rossi has finished third in 2000 and won here
for the last four years in the premier class, while Alex Barros took the win last year on a Honda RC211V.
This wind-lashed track lies 20 miles west of Lisbon and is close to the town of Sintra. The 4.182km circuit features a balance of turns with nine rights and four lefts. Built in 1972 the surface is now bumpy in parts and some riders are unsure over the asphalt's ability to provide dependable grip over a race weekend.
Nevertheless the track offers a significant challenge regardless of grip issues. The chicane is the slowest turn in MotoGP racing requiring patience and a smooth style to avoid catastrophe. On the other hand a long, fast right onto the start/finish straight, the ‘Parabolica', is one of the great corners in racing and loved by the best riders.
Turn one at the end of the 986m straight is a favourite overtaking spot and so is turn six, the ‘Parabolica interior' behind the pits complex. The rest of the track is fairly unremarkable requiring no out-of-the-ordinary machine set-ups.
But the wind blowing off the Atlantic Ocean is always a concern.
Kenny Roberts Jr said: "We're back in Europe now and this gives us a chance to speed up development work. Even though we're getting to the end of the season, we can't lose sight of the fact that we've had some better finishes than just top tens – and we need those again."
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