For the past two years, Jorge Lorenzo has won the race at Estoril from the pole position. The Fiat Yamaha rider seems more than capable of repeating that feat this weekend, as he set the best lap time around the track during the second free practice session.
The first free practice session in Portugal was halted by heavy rain and lightning. Hiroshi Aoyama was the quickest around the track, but less than a handful of riders even ventured out to the track during the storm.
The conditions weren’t optimal during the second free practice session, but on a drying track the MotoGP class finally got to test the circuit. Lorenzo put in the fastest time of 1’48.522, but the rest of the MotoGP class was not far behind.
Nicky Hayden brought his Ducati into second place, finishing behind Lorenzo by .135 seconds. Valentino Rossi finished in third, and was the final rider to finish under 1’49.
In fourth was Casey Stoner. Stoner has won three of the past four races, and will be looking to build on that momentum this weekend at Estoril. Ben Spies took fifth place, and Marco Melandri finished sixth.
Dani Pedrosa, who hasn’t raced in the past three rounds due to a shoulder injury, finished in 13th. Carlos Checa, who raced this season in the World Superbike division but is finishing off the final two rounds with the MotoGP, finished 17th.
Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com