Honda rider, Casey Stoner has just one goal for this weekend; Stoner hopes to close the gap between points in MotoGP’s overall classification of him and reigning champ and title rival Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo has a current lead of 20 points from 2 races over Stoner.
After successive pole positions as well as a win at the season opening race in Qatar, Stoner was struck with bad luck in Jerez early April, as Valentino Rossi collided with him midway during the Spanish GP, which left him without a win in the fight to the championships.
As Stoner heads to Estoril for this weekend, however, he will not have an easy task when going against the Spaniard, for this is the same track which has seen Lorenzo win for three years now. Stoner admitted that Estoril was not one of his favorite tracks, but he has still had success here, in the past, referring to his two podium wins in Portugal.
He is now looking to score some points back over Lorenzo as Lorenzo has performed the strongest in Estoril in the last three years. While Stoner’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso had citied being worried about the tracks technical characteristics not playing well with their Honda RC212V bike, Stoner is much more positive about the bikes capabilities in Portugal.
The Australian added that he thinks their bike will do quite well in this circuit, as the track has a few tight turns which exit onto straighter paths, which he hopes will provide good traction and be aggressive from day one.
After just two races in this seasons MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo has already managed to rake up 45 points to lead the classification, followed by Dani Pedrosa for Honda, 9 points behind his countryman, with Stoner coming in at 3, who is behind his Honda teammate by 11 points and the only rider to have a DNF in this campaign.