After about 20 years without starting on European soil, the very first round of the MotoGP World Championship officially kicks off this weekend at Portimão, Portugal, from March 24th to 26th. It will be a 'home' journey for Miguel Oliveira, who arrives at the 'roller coaster' - where the last official tests of the premier class of the Motorcycling World Championship took place recently -, with the desire to be successful and to have fun.
“It's always good to race at home and this being the first race of the Championship makes it all the more exciting. This is definitely a special GP for me and I will try again to at least be on the podium. We know it's not easy, but we'll fight as usual and with the extra support of the Portuguese public, morale will be even higher”, comments Miguel Oliveira.
It should be noted that the rider from Charneca de Caparica has already won in 2020, at Portimão, in the MotoGP category. In 2021, the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA) twice received the Grand Prix, with Miguel Oliveira achieving a 16th place and a DNF, respectively. In 2022, the Portuguese rider reached the top 5 in the race, wanting more.
With 15 years of history, AIA has become part of the list of most appreciated international circuits in the MotoGP calendar. The Algarve route has six curves to the left and nine to the right, extending for 4.59Km in length.
The debut in Portugal of the first race of the year is scheduled for this weekend and is shrouded in some expectations, especially in a season in which the rider Miguel Oliveira embraces the new RNF Aprilia MotoGP Team structure, at the controls of an Aprilia RS-GP, and in which a new competition and racing format will debut: the sprint races.
GP Portugal timetable:
Friday, March 24th
FP2 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 25th
Sprint race: 15:00
Sunday, March 26th
Warm up 09:45-09:55
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