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When Estoril and Portimao joined paths: history of the Portuguese GP

The MotoGP Grand Prix of Portugal took its first steps on the two-wheel sporting calendar 22 years ago. However, you have to go back to 1949 to understand the foundations of competition on Portuguese asphalt.

One of the curiosities that encompass the well-known Portuguese Grand Prix is that it has been disputed outside its geographical limits. And it is that, in 1987, the Portuguese event was held on the Madrid track of Jarama , marking a before and after in the history of the competition.

Estoril hosted its first GP in 2000 and, since then, it received riders uninterruptedly until 2012. However, Portugal stopped appearing in the plans and agendas of the championship organizers, having to wait until 2020 to feel the joy again. engine on your asphalt.  

The new Portuguese GP chose the Portimao circuit as the one in charge of representing the venue of the Portuguese track. Built thirteen years ago, the Algarve racetrack has been the protagonist in several elite sporting events, including F1, WSBK and the World Touring Car Championship, among others.

Its responsibility at a competitive and functional level has turned Portimao into a circuit with enviable facilities. One of the most attractive points of its personality is its versatile character, very versatile, with variable curves and the ability to make, from its asphalt, 30 different layouts depending on the interested competition.

Originally, the return of the Portuguese GP was scheduled for 2022, but the unfortunate arrival of the global pandemic brought its date forward, welcoming the riders and teams of the MotoGP World Championship two years in advance.  

This was cause for celebration for many lovers of the Portuguese track, as Portugal has a long history of great battles on asphalt behind it.  

Known internationally as a ‘roller coaster’, Portimao has become a reference when it comes to putting the championship course on track due to its dance of points and its infinite possibilities.

After its success, the almost 5km that make up the circuit in the south of the country stole the hearts of fans and Portugal began to sound again in the motorcycling sports agenda.

MotoGP protagonists at the Portuguese Grand Prix  

In 2020, the Portimao track was in charge of putting the finishing touch to the MotoGP season, making history and breaking with the usual closure in Valencia.

Fabio Quartararo won the first Portuguese test on April 18. Pecco Bagnaia was the next winner on the podium in Portimao. For his part, the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira beat Jack Miller in 2020 and rose to the top of the drawer of honor in his home grand prix.

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