Dorna announced last weeks a new European final round to end 2020 MotoGP season and set the date for 10th August. Rumors saw Portimao as the main candidate to be the track to be inserted in the MotoGP calendar and today were finally confirmed.
MotoGP will make his return to Portugal after 8 years but in that occasion it was Estoril to host the major class with Casey Stoner being last Portuguese GP winner. Portimao is set to debut in MotoGP after the two Valencia rounds and will be the 15th Grand Prix of the season.
It is going to be really interesting seeing MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 in a really fascinating track as Portimao, where we only say WorldSBK, WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 nowadays, with Superbike circus who had a round just in the last weekend where Jonathan Rea won the three races.
One of the main characteristic of Portimao is the presence of ups and downs across the circuit, over than a really entertaining layout where we could see a lot of battles from MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders. It will be at the same time a great opportunity for Miguel Oliveira to have an home Grand Prix.
Jorge Viegas, FIM President, expressed his satisfaction: “I am proud that MotoGP will come back to Portugal. I would like to thank Dorna, Autodromo Internacional do Algarve and Portuguese motorcycle federation for the big effort made that made possible this event”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports CEO, will be curious to see MotoGP in action in Portimao: “It is a great news for us, we signed a deal on 2017 with Portimao as reserve track and we keep in touch in the last years. We went to Portimao with Superbike and I think it will be a super opportunity for us. It is planned to surface the track after WorldSBK round. Riders were thrilled about the possibility to go there as they saw the track on TV”