Jorge Lorenzo continued his unbroken podium record at Estoril today. Starting from fourth on the grid Yamaha Factory Racing rider soon pushed up to second at the first corner and holding the position to the line after a determined effort to stay with race leader Casey Stoner. Lorenzo's consistent lap pace meant Stoner was never more than one second ahead until the final lap and at times he closed to within 0.2 seconds of the leader. Lap three of the race saw Lorenzo deliver a new fastest lap record for Estoril of 1'36.909. He now heads to Le Mans in two weeks time just one point adrift of the Championship lead.  

Ben Spies started well from fifth, slotting into fourth in the first corner before running wide and dropping back several places. The Texan made a couple of mistakes and dropped to ninth where he battled Stephan Bradl for eighth, eventually passing the German to take the position at the line. Spies will arrive in Le Mans in 11th position with 18 points.

We are just one point behind Casey, hopefully we can improve something on the bike tomorrow and be in front again

Jorge Lorenzo 2nd
“I’m happy with this second position because I was expecting to fight for third or fourth and not the victory. The bike improved a lot from the practices so it was possible. I had two problems, at the start I used a lot of clutch and burnt it so for two or three laps it was burning and I lost a lot of distance from Casey. Also at the end Casey was very strong. After this everything was working well and I made a fastest lap, which is not very common for me. We are just one point behind Casey, hopefully we can improve something on the bike tomorrow and be in front again.”

Ben Spies 8th
“Very mixed emotions today, this is actually the first time in three years that I’ve finished a race here. As I told the team, I made four or five big mistakes during the race, they cost me time and places. It was a rough race but I’m continuing to build my confidence, I don’t enjoy Estoril so I’m happy to have finished. Now we go to Le Mans which is a great event with an amazing crowd but another track I don’t love so much! I’m happy with the bike and it’s performance so we’ll continue to build my confidence and improve the results.”

Wilco Zeelenberg
“A fantastic result after a very tough race weekend. Both Jorge and the bike got on very harmoniously in the race and he was able to push. We are only one point behind Casey and we’re consistently finishing on the podium which is important. We’ll test tomorrow to see what developments we can use to improve and see what happens in Le Mans in two weeks time.”  

Matt Shine reporting from Estoril

Results
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Repsol Honda Team 45'37.513
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing + 1.421
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 3.621
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Yamaha Tech3 + 13.846
5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha Tech3 + 16.690
6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda Gresini + 21.884
7. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Ducati Team + 26.797
8. Ben Spies (USA) Yamaha Factory Racing + 33.262
9. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda + 35.867
10. Hector Barbera (SPA) Pramac Racing Team + 53.363
11. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team + 1'02.630
12. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar + 1'20.736
13. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar + 1'23.483
14. Michele Pirro (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1'37.905
15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project After 1 lap
16. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing Not classified (5 laps)
17. James Ellison (UK) Paul Bird Motorsport Not classified (10 laps)
18. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Avintia Racing Not classified (12 laps)
19. Mattia Pasini (ITA) Speed Master Not classified (17 laps)
20. Ivan Silva (SPA) Avintia Racing Not classified (17 laps)

Championship Standings
1 Casey Stoner (AUS) Repsol Honda Team 66
2 Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 65
3 Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 52
4 Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha Tech3 37
5 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Yamaha Tech3 35
6 Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda Gresini 29
7 Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda 24
8 Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 23
9 Valentino Rossi (ITA) Ducati Team 22
10 Hector Barbera (SPA) Pramac Racing Team 19
11 Ben Spies (USA) Yamaha Factory Racing 18
12 Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 9
13 Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 6
14 Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 4
15 Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 3
16 Yonny Hernandez (COL) Avintia Racing 2
17 Michele Pirro (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 2
18 Mattia Pasini (ITA) Speed Master 2
19 Ivan Silva (SPA) Avintia Racing 1


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