MotoGP 2012 Feed
MotoGP Sepang: Pedrosa wins again Oct 21, 2012
Dani Pedrosa takes a five-point chunk out of Jorge Lorenzo's world championship lead at Sepang…
Marc Marquez wipes out in Malaysia but he's still the odds-on favourite to win the Moto2 title…
Sandro Cortese's win at the Sepang International Circuit gives him the first ever Moto3 world title…
MotoGP: Inside Line at Motegi Oct 17, 2012
Our man in the paddock Toby Moody reports back from the Grand Prix of Japan where it seems he was very well catered for…
Danny Kent scored a sensational first Grand Prix Victory at Motegi in Moto3 and fellow Red Bull athlete Marc Marquez extended his Moto2 world championship lead to 53 with another brilliant win over...
- Estoril, Portugal
- MAY 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM
- MAY 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM
Situated on the Atlantic coast of Portugal, 28km from capital city Lisbon, the Estoril circuit was used as a MotoGP venue for the first time in 2000. Built in 1972 by Fernanda Pires da Silva the circuit was used mainly for European F2 races in the seventies and after major redevelopment in the early eighties it staged its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1984. Facilities are still a little bit dated at the venue and grandstand seats are unnumbered, however all of this can be overlooked because Estoril peddles some of the least expensive tickets anywhere in MotoGP. Head to the top corner of Grandstand E for glorious views of the uphill chicane. And for the ultimate experience, fans can indulge in the VIP Village with access to pit lanes, paddock tours and of course top hospitality.
One of the trickiest tracks on the GP calendar, Estoril combines long, constant radius corners with heavy braking zones, bumpy straights and a difficult chicane which was added to the back section in 1994. Its geographical position means that weather can be unpredictable, although its generally warm, dry nature makes it a regular choice for pre-season testing sessions. Estoril is one of Europe's most beautiful and best kept secrets. Long white beaches and charming locals might just make you want to rethink whether or not you really want to leave.