MotoGP: Dorna confirms Portimao as season finale

Published on August 10, 2020
By Short Shift News

The MotoGP finale will not take place at Valencia, instead at Portimao.

Following the announcement that MotoGP will remain in Europe for the 2020 season, it is today announced that the finale of the MotoGP World Championship will take place at the stunning rollercoaster ride that is Portimao.

The €195 million circuit will host its first-ever MotoGP class, the same year as Formula One make their debut, and will be take place from the 20th to the 22nd of November.

 Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has been a reserve circuit on the MotoGP calendar for three years, and will finally make its debut on the MotoGP calendar later this year.

The stunning 2.91-mile circuit is the perfect motorcycle racing track. It consists of 15 corners, some fast, others much slower. The track elevates through the twists and turns, and as we saw last weekend from World Superbikes, can create some stunning action.

Michael van der Mark airbourne in Portimao (Credit: WorldSBK)

FIM President Jorge Viegas

“I am very proud that MotoGP will return to my country eight years after the last Grand Prix, which took place at the Circuito do Estoril in May 2012. I would like to warmly thank Dorna, the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve and the Motorcycling Federation of Portugal for having managed to meet the necessary conditions for the organisation of the finale of the 2020 FIM Grand Prix World Championship to take place in Portugal.” 

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

“It’s big news for us, we signed an agreement in 2017 with Portimao to be the reserve circuit for any kinds of cancellations, and we’ve been in contact with them all this time. We’ve been to Portimao with Superbike and we think it’s an amazing possibility for us, and also in the agreement is that the track will be resurfaced after the Superbike round. When we explained this to the riders they were excited because they’ve seen the track on TV, but we’ve never been there. 
“Portugal has a long history in our sport and there have been some historic battles in Estoril. It’s something very good for us to have the possibility to go back to Portugal, especially with Miguel Oliveira participating as it’s great to have a Portuguese rider able to compete in his own country. We are extremely happy to be racing in Portimao at the end of the year.” 

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve CEO Paulo Pinheiro

“It is a great achievement for our team to finally have MotoGP at our racetrack! MotoGP is the pinnacle of two-wheeled motorsport, and we are so excited to have it. It has been a long process with Dorna, we had an agreement in place since 2017, and finally all the hard work paid off. On top of this to have Miguel Oliveira on the MotoGP grid, being able to fight for the podium will be an amazing add on for this race, and hopefully the Championship will be decided here.
“We are working to have the fans in our race, and we will start with a capacity of 30.000 fans for the race weekend and then we will decide with Dorna and the sanitary authorities the following stages. We can’t express how happy we are to have this race.”

The Portimao circuit will welcome MotoGP back to Portugal for the first time in 2012 – and will of course mean Miguel Oliveira can race on home turf.


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