Official: Portimao will close the 2020 MotoGP season

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports have announced that the Portuguese track will put an end to the World Cup on the weekend of November 20-22.


Jerez-Ángel Nieto, Brno, Red Bull Ring, Misano, Montmeló, Le Mans, MotorLand Aragón, Circuit Ricardo Tormo and Portimao. These are finally the nine circuits that will make up the official calendar of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship, a season that will unfortunately go down in history due to the enormous setbacks that the global coronavirus crisis has caused the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports, which they have been forced to cancel up to 12 tests in the last six months (Qatar, Thailand, Americas, Argentina, Italy, Germany, Holland, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, Australia and Malaysia) .

With this announcement and after the celebration of the Grand Prix of Spain, Andalusia and Czech Republic 2020, the queen class will resume its activity this Sunday in Austria. Red Bull Ring (16-23 August) is together with Misano (13-20 September), MotorLand Aragón (18-25 October) and Cheste (8-15 November) the four tracks that have yet to host a double of races this year, as the queen class caravan will only visit Montmeló (September 27), Le Mans (October 11) and Portimao (November 22) for a total of 14 races.

EL Autódromo Internacional del Algarve, in Portimao (Portugal) was the reserve track for MotoGP since 2017 and in 2020 now its debut on the calendar. Precisely this weekend, August 8 and 9, the third round of the Superbike World Championship was held there, a championship that has visited this Portuguese track with its characteristic unevenness and undulating track on several occasions.

"I am very proud that MotoGP is returning to my country eight years after the last Grand Prix, which took place at the Estoril Circuit in May 2012. I would like to warmly thank Dorna, the Autodromo Internacional del Algarve and the Motorcycle Federation of Portugal for having managed to meet the necessary conditions for the organization of the 'final' of the 2020 FIM MotoGP World Championship that will take place in Portugal, "said Jorge Viegas, President of the FIM, in the statement in which MotoGP announced the news .

"It is a great achievement for our team to finally have MotoGP on our circuit! It has been a long process with Dorna, we had an agreement in place since 2017, and finally all the hard work paid off. Besides this, having to Miguel Oliveira on the MotoGP ™ grid, being able to fight for the podium, will be an incredible complement to this race, and we hope that the Championship will be decided here. We are working to have the fans in our race, and we will start with a capacity 30,000 fans for the race weekend and then we will decide with Dorna and the health authorities the next phases. We cannot express how happy we are to have this race ", said Paulo Pinheiro, CEO of the Autódromo Internacional del Algarve .

"This is great news for us, we signed an agreement in 2017 with Portimao to be the reserve circuit for any type of cancellations and we have been in contact with them all this time. We have been in Portimao with Superbike and we believe it is a possibility incredible for us, and also in the agreement it is stated that the track will be resurfaced after the Superbike Round. When we explained this to the riders they were excited because they have seen the circuit on television, but we have never been there. Portugal has a long history in our sport and there have been some historical battles in Estoril. It is a very good thing for us to have the possibility to return to Portugal, especially with the participation of Miguel Oliveira, as it is great to have a Portuguese driver capable of competing in his own country. very happy to be racing in Portimao at the end of the year ", concludes Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna.

1.540. These are the points that still have to be distributed in a 2020 MotoGP World Championship dominated by Fabio Quartararo with a 59-point advantage over Marc Márquez. The champion, who has yet to decide whether or not to participate in the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix after going through the operating room a second time at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona to put on a new titanium plate after damaging the previous one in a bad domestic gesture by opening a window, you already know what will be the last bullet you will have in the chamber of your Honda to achieve one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the championship.

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