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After the announcement that MotoGP™ will participate the 2020 season finale in Portimao, we thought it would be a good idea for you to get to know the track a little better.
Nestled in the beautiful setting of Portugal’s Algarve, the 100,000 capacity Autodromo Internacional do Algarve – known more colloquially as Portimao, after the port city it sits half an hour outside of – was opened on the 2nd of November, 2008. The circuit was inaugurated by WorldSBK when they headed to Portugal for their final round of that season – but it’s not just a racetrack. The Algarve Motorsports Park is a state-of-the-art complex which boasts the stunning race track, a go-kart track, an off-road park, a hotel, an apartment complex, a technology park and a sports complex – it really is the bee’s knees.
In terms of the actual circuit layout, the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has 15 corners – nine right, six left. The undulation in Portimao is incredible and the front straight will allow the MotoGP™ riders to really stretch the legs of their machines, before a unique downhill descend into Turn 1. There's a reason it gets called a high-speed rollercoaster, it's a thrill for riders and fans alike. Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team rider Michael van der Mark once described the track as “one of the most demanding tracks ever.” It has everything: a long straight, tight turns, fast sweeping corners and incredible undulation – all the ingredients needed for a fantastic weekend of action.
We can’t wait for the MotoGP™ riders to attack Portimao in what could bet a Championship deciding round in November.
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