But will have to fight hard
In the 250cc class the dogged and consistent Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) refuses to let series leader Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) clinch the title.
Lorenzo has 265 points to Dovi's 238 and a win for Lorenzo would seal
the series – but Lorenzo has proved fallible twice this year, where Dovi has scored in every race.
Dovi said, “Estoril is not one of the most interesting circuits in the calendar, but I've always been strong here because at the slow tracks I'm able to fully take advantage of my Honda RSW and take very good lines. 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 of winning and reducing the gap to Lorenzo.”
Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW), who currently lies sixth in the points standings said, “I've signed a 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 of getting 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 expect to be competitive. We have a bike that turns well and with Estoril having so many corners I'm optimistic we can have a good result.”
Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda RS250RW), currently eighth overall, said, “I've never been to Portugal before so I don't know much about the track. The only thing I know is that I have to push harder because I've had enough average results this season and I want to get on the podium.
If I keep my same riding style I will continue with these results and that's something I want to change. So I'll give my very best in Portugal.”
David de Gea, standing in for the injured Martin Cardenas, (Repsol Honda RS250RW), said, “I know Estoril quite well and I like it a lot. It's a very technical layout, and I think that the Honda can do well there. Despite having some fast straights it also has some slow sections like the chicane and other very technical sections in which we can make very good use of the features of our bike. I obviously know the bike much better after Japan and now I can at least imagine what I'm going to be facing.”
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