19 November 2020 – Algarve International Circuit – Portugal
The Grand Prix that we will live in represents the last race of this 2020 championship. 13 races in four months have been challenging for everyone, but in the end what came out has been an engaging show. After the initial difficulties due to the adjustment to the bike, our pilots have started to collect good results. Romano is close to the top ten in the championship ranking, and he has under his belt the victory on the Misano World Circuit. Alonso, even being very young, showed off a remarkable speed. In some cases, he did not manage to collect good results, but as the 6 times World Champion Max Biaggi, our Team Owner, states it is easier to teach a fast pilot to do not fall, rather than make a pilot slow to be fast. The renewal of the contracts both with Romano and Alonso, will give continuity to our Team, which we remind it is only in its second year in the World Championship.
In the previous race ridden on the Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Romano ended the race in twelfth position, because he had some small issues that did not allow him to be efficient as he was in the free practice. Throughout the race Alonso had a contact with another pilot and abandoned the race at the eighth lap, after an amazing come back, that after only 5 laps has brought him in from the twenty-first place on the grid to the twelfth.
Concerning the weekend that is about to begin, we need to underline that the MotoGP has never ridden on the track of Portimao, thus the free practice 1 and 2 will be 15 minutes longer than the usual 40 minutes, so that all the pilots of the Moto3 will take confidence with the new track. The track is 4684 m long, with 6 left turns, nine right turns, and a main straight line of 969 m. The circuit’s configuration is spectacular, as it consists of a succession of very different sections from each other, enriched by altitude variations rather important.
The word now pass to our two pilots and to our Team Owner Max Biaggi.
Romano Fenati: “We are at the end of the championship, this is the last race. Portimao is a new track for me, but I have watched some videos, and it seems to be very nice to race. We have to work a lot, but we are ready to do so.”
Alonso Lopez: “I am very excited to be in Portimao this weekend, because I think that I can do well. The track is new for more or less everyone, so it will certainly be a fascinating race.”
Max Biaggi – Team Owner: “We are at the last race of this 2020, but it is not the time yet to do the total analysis. Indeed it will be necessary to work throughout this weekend, so that our pilots will have the right confidence with this new track. It is important to end with a good result.”
The MotoGP has never ridden on the Algarve International Circuit; thus, there is not any record.
Regarding the World Championship ranking, Romano is in eleventh position with 77 points and Alonso in twenty-third one with 21 points.
Here is the timing to follow the weekend.
Thursday 19 November
16:00 – Press Conference Moto3
Friday 20 November
10:00 – 10:55 – FP1 Moto3
13:50 – 14:45 – FP2 Moto3
Saturday 21 November
10:00 – 10:40 – FP3 Moto3
13:35 – 13:50 – Q1 Moto3
14:00 – 14:15 – Q2 Moto3
Sunday 22 November
10:00 – 10:20 – Warm-Up Moto3
12:00 – Race Moto3