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Estoril, 28 April: the MotoGP World Championship returns to action at Estoril this weekend following a 3-week break due to the postponement of the Japanese GP until October. The bwin Grande PrÃ©mio de Portugal hosts Round 3 of the 2011 season at one of the slowest circuit of the calendar which presents a real challenge to the riders and engineers. But perhaps the greatest concern for riders is the track's proximity to the Atlantic. High-speed winds can whip off the ocean, blowing bikes and riders off course and throwing dust onto the circuit, making for challenging conditions.
Toni Elias arrives at the Portuguese track with high motivation as he aims to take a step forward aboard his RCV and the 28-year-old can rely on good experience at Estoril where he experienced his first victory in the premier class during a memorable race.
Elias: "Well.. this break was a bit long and I am happy to be back on track especially on this circuit where I have experienced an unforgettable victory in 2006. We had plenty of time to check the data and I am hoping to find a better set up in Portugal because I am eager to bounce back after a difficult beginning. I am bit worried about the weather: I would prefer a dry race but the proximity to the ocean is always a gamble".