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Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal 2024 – Preview

21 March 2024Autódromo Internacional do Algarve . Portugal

The Grand Prix of Portugal is a highly anticipated event for Trackhouse Racing, America’s MotoGP Team. Arriving in Europe for the first time in the team’s short history, it also marks a home-coming for the team’s #88 local star – Miguel Oliveira. Grand Prix racing was born in Europe and with one of Portugal’s favorite sons on the team, Trackhouse is keenly aware of the excitement attached to the season’s first race on the Iberian peninsula.

The superb Algarve International Circuit swoops around the beautiful countryside near Portimão, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, offering one of the most testing laps to grace the MotoGP calendar. Visionary engineer, Paolo Pinheiro, penned a layout that drew inspiration from the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife and Spa-Francorchamps circuits and while Portimão’s 2.85 miles of pavement cannot compare with its behemoth cousins in length, this is still very much a rider’s track. No less than 80% of the lap is made up of blind crest approaches and downhill braking zones – modern MotoGP meets old school racetrack and Trackhouse Racing is up for the challenge!

Trackhouse’s own, local hero Miguel Oliveira, will arrive on home soil keen to repeat his dream weekend in 2020 when he led the race from Pole Position to the flag and a sensational win for his legions of fans. His visit last year ended in disaster with an injury that ruined the opening of his 2023 campaign and together with his challenging first Grand Prix of this season, in Qatar two weeks ago where he was forced to serve a long-lap penalty imposed at the penultimate round of the ’23 season, Miguel is fired up for this one!
On the other side of the Trackhouse pit garage, #25 Raul Fernandez also has form in Portimão; victory in 2020 while learning his trade in the Moto3 class was part of a breakout year. Like his teammate, a frustrating race weekend last time out in Qatar means the young man from Madrid arrives full of determination to get his Aprilia RS-GP 22 high on the time sheets and his Championship campaign properly underway with points on the board.

The action for Trackhouse Racing gets going with the morning Free Practice 1 session on Friday, March 22nd.

MIGUEL OLIVEIRA : “The Portuguese GP is the most special moment of the season for me. As a Portuguese rider to race in my country is, in terms of competition, the highest of emotions. My goal is to continue to improve my feeling with the bike and of course to show good speed and be able to compete for good positions on track.”

RAUL FERNANDEZ : “I can’t wait to arrive in Portimao! After the issues we had in Qatar that have been quite frustrating for me, I want to be back on the bike. I want to show that I’m competitive and I want to enjoy riding. I think I can do a really good job in Portugal – I like the circuit. So, day by day, we need to work on improving to and definitely have a better race than we did at the first round in Qatar.”

Schedule – Track Time (GMT+2)

Here are the times to follow MotoGP

Thursday 21 March
17:00 – Press Conference

Friday 22 March
11:45 – 12:30 – Free Practice 1
16:00 – 17:00 – Free Practice 2

Saturday 23 March
11:10 – 11:40 – Practice
14:50 – 12:05 – Qualifying 1
12:15 – 12:30 – Qualifying 2
15:00 – Sprint Race

Sunday 24 March
10:40 – 10:50 – Warm Up
15:00 – Race

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