After a Moto3™ race in which almost half the field failed to finish and Italian youngster Romano Fenati confirmed himself as a talent to be watched for the future, riders and teams will be hoping for a somewhat more normal race when they head out on track at the Grande Prémio de Portugal Circuito Estoril.
Team Italia FMI rider Fenati is the first rider since Noboru Ueda in 1991 to have finished on the podium on his Grand Prix debut and then followed this up with another top three finish at the next Grand Prix. At the top of the leader board, the young Italian was aided by title rival Maverick Viñales having an off day at Jerez, finishing sixth on board his Blusens Avintia bike. However Viñales, who was beaten to third in last year´s 125cc race by only 0.002 seconds, will be looking to make amends and get back to winning ways.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Miguel Oliveira will be the talk of the town as the only Portuguese rider on the grid. Oliveira, who is also considered as one of the title contenders has shown some good form already, having led the Jerez GP before crashing out after half way. He will be aiming for the kind of consistency shown by Red Bull KTM Ajo´s German rider, Sandro Cortese, who is currently lying fourth in the championship, just one point off Spanish rider Luis Salom. The RW Racing GP rider has also impressed from the off, and will be one of the riders to watch as the riders take to the track.
Caretta Technology rider Jack Miller will hope to be fit enough to race after fracturing his collarbone in Jerez, while TT Motion Events Racing rider Niklas Ajo has been banned by the FIM from the Portuguese round after an altercation with a track official.
World Championship Standings Moto3™
1- Romano Fenati - ITA - FTR-Honda - 45
2- Maverick Viñales - SPA - FTR-Honda - 35
3- Luis Salom - SPA - Kalex-KTM - 33
4- Sandro Cortese - GER - KTM - 32
5- Alex Rins - SPA - Suter Honda - 19