MotoGP Live on Ten Sports

12th October: Ten Sports continues its comprehensive coverage of the 2006 MotoGP series when it brings live coverage of round 16 from Portugal this weekend.

The Championship could not be more evenly poised as it heads to the Iberian Peninsular with five times World Champion, Valentino Rossi just 12 points behind Nicky Hayden who leads this year?s championship race.

Hayden looked to have an unassailable lead just a few races ago but the reigning champion has been gradually narrowing the gap lying second in the standings on 224 points with Hayden on 236 points.

And with Hayden?s bike looking off the pace in the last race in Japan the American will have much to contemplate preparing for this vital penultimate race.

Rossi, speaking ahead of this weekend?s race said "Since Brno, when we finally understood everything about what we needed to do to make our bike work at 100% again, we've been very strong everywhere and on the podium each time. Of course we know we could have won more if we'd been like this earlier in the season but we can't do anything about that. We know our potential and when we've started from the front lately we've been on the podium each time, so we have to carry on like this."

The battle for third spot in the championship is even closer with Marco Melandri, Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa separated by just 7 points.

The Estoril circuit is one of the trickiest tacks on the MotoGP calendar, combining long, constant radius corners with heavy breaking zones, bumpy straights and a difficult chicane.

The action gets underway at 15-30 IST live on Ten Sports.

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