The bwin Grande Prémio de Portugal this weekend sees the third and fourth races of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup take place at the Estoril circuit, and the participants will head to the track confident in the circuit knowledge they gained in a three-day pre-season test back in March.
Bad luck has struck for two of the Rookies however, who must sit out the Estoril races. Cup points leader Philipp Oettl will be absent due to a broken collarbone, which the youngster sustained testing his German championship bike on April 9th. Frenchman Florian Alt will also not be present, as he continues to recover from a finger injury picked up at the opening weekend in Jerez. Xavier Pinsach and Javier Orellana, who both injured shoulders at Jerez, are due to be fit for Estoril.
In Oettl’s absence Arthur Sissis, Aaron Espana and Brad Binder, who trail him in the table, will aim to cut down the German’s advantage. Sissis won race two at Jerez and was fastest at the Portugal test in both wet and dry conditions, and currently trails Oettl by ten points.
With 44 TV broadcasters around the world showing the race action there is ample opportunity to follow the young heroes and for those not covered by the spread of live TV the live race feed can always be seen on http://oto-trendz.blogspot.com/, where the latest news and information can also be found.
There will be three practice sessions for the Rookies on Friday, with first race scheduled for Saturday at 16.30 CET and race two for Sunday at 16.00 CET.