Portimao Confirmed As 2020 MotoGP Season Finale

Dorna today confirmed what we had known for some time, that the last race of the 2020 season is to be held at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao on the 22nd of November.

The addition of Portimao will bring the schedule up to a grand total of 15 rounds, with 14 for the MotoGP class, after the premier class was forced to miss out on the season opener at Qatar.

You can find the full 2020 MotoGP calendar here, and the press release from Dorna announcing the last round at Portimao below:


Portimão to host 2020 MotoGP™ season finale

The final race weekend of the season will take place at the stunning Autodromo Internacional do Algarve

Monday, 10 August 2020

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports recently announced the addition of a fifteenth Grand Prix to the 2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar, with the event set to take place from the 20th to the 22nd of November and become the season finale.

The venue for the event can now be revealed as the incredible Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal. The reserve track for MotoGP™ since 2017, the circuit will now make its debut on the calendar.

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 track will now welcome MotoGP™ back to Portugal for the first time since 2012, and 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 CEO Paulo Pinheiro: "It is a great achievement for our team to finally have MotoGP at our racetrack! MotoGP is the pinnacle of two-wheeled motorsport, and we are so excited to have it.

“It has been a long process with Dorna, we had an agreement in place since 2017, and finally all the hard work paid off. On top of this to have Miguel Oliveira on the MotoGP grid, being able to fight for the podium will be an amazing add on for this race, and hopefully the Championship will be decided here.

"We are working to have the fans in our race, and we will start with a capacity of 30.000 fans for the race weekend and then we will decide with Dorna and the sanitary authorities the following stages.

“We can’t express how happy we are to have this race."

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta: "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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... I was happily reminded how Portimao might be the most "roller coaster" track of all after that great WSBK weekend. MotoGP bikes are going to be crazy to watch (let alone ride!) there.

           some one some how needs to get Johnny Rae on a decent MotoGP bike for Portimao round. Watching on the weekend he`s like silk around there. Come on Kawasaki be generous make a deal. Is he a Red Bull or Monster athlete? Perhaps they could make it happen.

Beamer12

           some one some how needs to get Johnny Rae on a decent MotoGP bike for Portimao round. Watching on the weekend he`s like silk around there. Come on Kawasaki be generous make a deal. Is he a Red Bull or Monster athlete? Perhaps they could make it happen.

Beamer12

The turn 5 shenanigans would be interesting to watch. Battles here would be insane. Purists might disagree but this is a better track for season finale than Valencia. 

I have been to this track multiple times for track days and some club racing.

It's not only a fantastic, modern facility, but also a modern track with plenty of run off area, were needed.

As far as racetracks go, it's as save as it gets. 

And the natural flow if the track makes and the permanent up and down makes it my personal favourite on the Iberian peninsula!

Great news that finally we get to see MotoGP here!

I too have been lucky enough to ride this track a few times, it's a brilliant design and really look forward to seeing MotoGP bikes on it. This is great bonus to end the season with and I have never heard anyone question it's safety, can't wait!

Its also going to be resurfaced in time for Motogp round - there were concerns at the WSBK round about how bumpy it was - several riders came off because of this.

I'm not sure that I'd want to be on board a Honda for that round? Its an exciting track to end what is shaping up to be a remarkable season though.

Did anyone see the photo of Michael Van der Mark jumping both wheels off the ground over one of the Portimao crests in WSBK last weekend!? Got to think the MotoGP boys will be struggling to stay grounded too! Wonder what the electronics make of "jumps"!?

No moto_matt I haven't seen a photo. Heard one of the riders mention that Michael Van der Mark had got some air over a crest at Portimão. Didn't see it while watching the races. MotoGp on the tele & SBK on the pc caused me a bit of back & forth. So I missed it. Do you have a link to share?

Portimão will be awesome for MotoGp, seems most riders won't have much experience there. Fast learners will rule!

No racing for months and now great m/c racing at a few venues at the same time. Brno, Portimão and BSB at Donington. Plus MotoAmerica somewhere as well. Still haven't caught up with MotoAMA. Work gets in the way sometimes.

Assuming you have a SBK video pass sub, that's when it happened. If you load up the full race one video... you can go right to 40:15 on the timeline and that will set you up just fine.

Got it.Thanks moto_matt & Reynard11. I did see the moment live. Remembered the tank slapper but don't remember seeing the gap under the rear wheel. Very short time between the shot looking up the hill, cut to VdM flying over the crest and getting out of shape. The replay is a bit better at 40mins 55 seconds in. IF you have the video pass. Looks like out of turn 8 they go up the steepest rise on the track & over that crest. Any trackday riders like to add your experience?

https://www.worldsbk.com/en/videos/2020/2020%20WorldSBK%20Portimao%20RACE%201%20Full%20session?from_list=mostviewed_videos

A photo would be good. Any photographers help us out?

Bumps, think I saw bumps at the crest of the hill. Michael VdM seemed to land in the bumps & that started the tank slapper. Can they repave or resurface in time for MotGp in November? 

MotoGp missiles should get a bit more airtime, probably not too much.

I don't think the shot I saw was from the race. I can't remember if it was in the pre-race chit chat where they discussed it or what, but I'm pretty sure he got a good few inches of air in one of the practice sessions and that was what they showed, and then in the race he was mostly keeping it on the ground apart from the nasty tank slapper. I've deleted the races already so can't find it again now. I'm sure at least a few of the MotoGP boys will give it a jump in practice so hopefully Dorna will have a super slow mo camera set up there! laugh