The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports have confirmed that
the fifteenth Grand Prix of the 2020 FIM MotoGP
World Championship calendar is scheduled for 20-22 November.
The event, the season finale, will take place at
the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal.
The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve is truly
unique, with its characteristic elevation changes and undulating
layout earning it a reputation as a high-speed rollercoaster – a
thrill ride for fans and competitors alike.
The event will see Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) racing on home turf in the premier
class for the first time.
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."
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has been
the reserve track for MotoGP since 2017, the circuit will now
finally make its debut on the calendar.
Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo
Ezpeleta, said, "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 Portimão 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 Portimão at the end of the year."
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